I. Admissions

N.B.: The deadline for first-round consideration for Fall admission to the School of Music graduate programs is December 15; the second-round deadline is February 15.

A. Applicants should send the completed application form to the Graduate School. The application form is here.
Some departments require recorded auditions and/or letters of recommendation. These should be
sent to the respective department head.

International applicants are also required to submit:

  • English Proficiency scores (TOEFL, IELTS)
  • Certification of Financial Support for International Graduate Students
  • Photocopy of Passport
  • For more information about international admissions, refer to this page.

N.B. Students are not allowed to earn two masters degrees in the same major code (see below),
e.g. someone with a degree in violin performance cannot earn a degree in viola performance.
They can, however, get a second masters degree in instrumental conducting.

B. Graduate school sends “Evaluation for Admission” to the Music Graduate Coordinator,
who evaluates based on following criteria:

  • Last 60 hours GPA at least 2.75
  • MM:  Accredited Music Bachelor's Degree
    (may require audition/resume; History/Lit requires reading proficiency in German, French, or Italian.  Theory/Comp requires submission of reprsentative compositions.)
  • MME:  BME or Equivalent (Choral, Elementary, Voice, Instrumental or Special Education)

C. The Music Graduate Coordinator contacts area heads for approval for admission,
assigns students to an advisor, and sends to Graduate School for final approval.


II. Admitted Students


A. Check your progress against the degree requirements

B. Advising

  • Faculty can find a list of student advisees here: MyWSU → Banner Self-Service →
    Faculty and Advisors → Student Information Menu → Advisee Listing.
  • Students can find out who their advisor is here: MyWSU →MyClasses Tab→Academic Profile.
  • Specific information about student advising, academic policies and School of Music
    procedures are outlined in the FACULTY HANDBOOK.

N.B. Special considerations for Graduate Theory/History classes; these are required for all MM and MME students:

  • First semester graduate students should take Music C 852-Introduction to Bibliography &
    Research; it is not normally offered in the Spring.
  • Theory Seminar is normally offered in the Spring and Summer.
    These classes fill quickly, so plan to enroll early.

C. Program Approval Form. To be completed within your first semester of enrollment. This form needs approval by the student’s advisor, the program area director, and the graduate coordinator (or school director). The Program Approval Form is found here.

D. Professional & Scholarly Integrity Training (PSIT)

  • All music graduate students entering on or after Fall, 2013, must prove completion
    of the School of Music PSIT training program. This is a free, on-line course.
  • Instructions and links to the forms can be found here.
  • Create an account using your WSU ID as your username.
    *From the Main Menu, choose "Add a course or Update Learner Groups"
    *Do the following modules:
    •Authorship (RCR-Humanities)
    •Conflict of Interest (RCR-Humanities)
    •Data Management (RCR-Humanities)
    •Research Misconduct (RCR-Humanities)
    •Score results should be sent to the graduate coordinator.

E. The Plan of Study form should be submitted after the first 12 credit hours are completed. This is to be completed in consultation with the faculty advisor, then submitted to the Music Graduate Coordinator. The form can be found here.  Graduate Students are held to the catalog in the year their plan of study is submitted.
Please sign the form before submitting.

N.B. Proof of successful PSIT completion must be sent to the Music Graduate Coordinator before the Plan of Study can be submitted (see above).
N.B. Do not list credit hours that exceed the credit hour total required for the degree.

F. For Graduate Assistants:
Advisors of graduate assistants must complete a "Grad Assistantship eval.," found here.


III. Final projects/Graduation

A. A list of graduation deadlines and requirements can be found here.

B. Oral Exam/Terminal Projects
*The faculty advisor will normally act as chair of the exam committee.
N.B. Committee members must have full or associate membership in the WSU Graduate Faculty. The graduate faculty list and further information
can be found here.
*Committee chair, together with the student, will decide the makeup of the committee. A representative of Musicology/Composition should be on each committee; the chair should communicate with the head of that area about who should represent.
*Committee chair will confer with the committee to schedule an exam time. Preferred times are 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
*Advisor will schedule a conference room with the music office.
*Advisor will inform the Music Administrative Assistant of exam committee makeup, date, time and place.
*Committee chair will distribute exam guidelines and blockouts to committee members. The guidelines can be found here.
*Students are responsible for communicating with their committee members about what to expect will be covered in the exam. The coordinator will
not be responsible for distributing study guides, etc.
*The committee chair will print the Recommendation for Degree form, found here, for signatures by each committee member.
*The completed Recommendation for Degree form is routed to the Graduate School.

Students are allowed to attempt the oral exam three times.

For MME-Thesis Option and MM-Composition students ONLY:
Thesis projects follow University protocols. The "Request to Schedule Oral Defense" form should be filed and the candidate's manuscript should be provided to the committee members at least two weeks in advance of the oral examination date.
The WSU guide for thesis preparation is here.
The request form is found here.

C. Application for Degree
•By the 20th day of classes (10th day for Summer semester) of the semester the student plans to graduate, the student must file the Application for Degree,
with Exit Survey and $15 filing fee. The application is done online:  MyWSU → “My Classes” Tab → “Graduation Links
For more information, refer to this page.



Major and Completion codes (Major codes are listed first, beginning with the letter "G"; completion codes are the three- or four- letters following the major codes):


G16B NMMP Recital/Comps Music Performance
G16J NIC Recital/Comps Music - Instrumental Conducting
G16K NPPP Presentation/Comps Music - Piano Pedagogy
G16K NPPR Recital/Comps Music - Piano Pedagogy
G16L NOP Recital/Comps Music - Opera Performance
G16M NPAC Terminal Project/Recital Music - Piano Accompanying
G16C THL Thesis Music History Literature

(Note: the Kodaly emphasis is contained within the Elementary Music program)

G16D NEMP Project/Comps Elementary Music
G16D NEMR Recital/Comps Elementary Music
G16ENCMP Projects/Comps Choral Music
G16E NCMR Recital/Comps Choral Music
G16F NIMP Project/Comps Instrumental Music
G16F NIMR Recital/Comps Instrumental Music
G16F NIMS Research/Comps Instrumental Music
G16G NSEP Projects/Comps Music in Special Education
G16H NVMP Projects/Comps Voice
G16H NVMR Recital/Comps Voice
G16H NVMS Research/Comps Voice
G16D NEMS Research/Comps Elementary Music
G16E NCMS Research/Comps Choral Music
G16G NSER Research/Comps Music in Special Education
G16D NEME Extra Hours/Comps Elementary Music
G16E NCME Extra Hours/Comps Choral Music
G16F NIME Extra Hours/Comps Instrumental Music
G16G NMSE Extra Hours/Comps Music in Special Education
G16H NVME Extra Hours/Comps Voice
G16D TEM Thesis Elementary Music
G16E TCM Thesis Choral Music
G16F TIM Thesis Instrumental Music
G16G TSE Thesis Music in Special Education
G16H TVM Thesis Voice
G16N Chamber Music
G16O Instrumental Conducting
G16P Music Composition


G43B Music
G43D Music Education


G63B Music
G63D Music Education


last updated 7/2018