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Graduate Studies

Location: Statesboro Campus

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Ready to take your love for music to the next level? With its small program size, Georgia Southern’s Masters of Music program offers a vibrant array of courses in an environment that features small classes, “hands-on” approaches, collegial and supportive peers, and many opportunities to interact on a personal basis with faculty mentors. While the majority of graduate students attend full-time, required classes in most concentration areas are scheduled in the evenings to accommodate part-time students who wish to keep their regular day jobs. Our alumni have been highly successful in the profession, both locally and nationally.

About the Program

The Master of Music Degree at Georgia Southern University prepares individuals holding a bachelor’s degree in music to hone their musical skills to a higher level, to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree for professional advancement, or to prepare for admission to a doctoral program in music. Students pursue advanced artistic and technical skills and an ability to act independently as performers, scholars, teachers, and/or practitioners in one of five specific concentration areas: Composition, Conducting, Music Education, Music Technology, and Performance, and demonstrate this skills by presenting either a culminating recital or a final project. 

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Performance offers a one-year, intensive post-baccalaureate experience in performance culminating in a graduate-level recital. It is intended for students who want additional training in applied music after the bachelor’s degree, but who do not desire an advanced degree.

Program features include:

  • Small program size
  • All graduate students have the opportunity to work closely with distinguished teacher/mentors individually
  • Candidates who have previously earned state certification in music education may upgrade their certificate to a higher level (L-5 in Georgia) by successfully completing the M.M. in any of the five concentration areas.

Masters of Music Concentrations include:

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Music Education
  • Music Technology
  • Performance

Please visit the Graduate application page for more information about entrance requirements.

Graduate Assistantships and Other Financial Awards

A number of graduate assistantships, service awards, and scholarships are available to support graduate students. These currently include teaching assistantships in music technology, and graduate assistantships in the areas of marching band, the Foy Music Library, music technology, opera, orchestra, and piano accompanying.

Please see the Graduate Application Page for additional information and links to the graduate assistantship application.

Graduate Admission Criteria

Information regarding entrance qualifications can be found on the Graduate Admission Criteria page.

Certificate in Music Performance

The Department offers a Certificate in Music Performance for outstanding post-baccalaureate students.

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Dr. Gregory Harwood

Last updated: 7/30/2021