Master'sMusic - Composition

Wichita State’s Master of Music degree program will help you take your musical talent—and career—to a higher level. The program combines professional training with acclaimed faculty and year-round performance opportunities—on campus and throughout Kansas’ center of arts and culture.

Learn how Music - Composition is the right fit for you.

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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

For admission into the Master of Music program, you must:

  • Be admitted to the WSU Graduate School
  • Have a Bachelor of Music degree in your area of specialization
  • Submit a portfolio with pieces demonstrating a variety of contemporary techniques, form and instrumentation.

For additional admission details, click on the link below.


To complete the Master of Music degree, you’ll take a minimum of 32 credit hours, with 60 percent of your work in courses numbered 700 or above, and complete a thesis or recital depending on your concentration.

Every MM concentration requires 12 credit hours of core courses—in addition to hours in your specialization area.

In addition, composition students must complete a terminal project of either a composition of major proportions or a body of works in various media.


Music composition graduates pursue a variety of employment opportunities, including: composition for orchestration or arranging, freelance composition, music copying or computer graphics in music, music publishing and editing, commercial music or music composition for children.