Master'sMusic - Conducting

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 - Conducting is the right fit for you.

Professor conducting.

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— Conducting concentration—program, you must:

  • Be admitted to the WSU Graduate School
  • Have a Bachelor of Arts in music or Bachelor of Music degree
  • Complete a conducting audition and performance audition
  • Submit a score analysis of a major work
  • Schedule a personal interview

For additional admission details, click on the link below.

Inside the Program

Playing the trumpet is easier with WSU invention

As a music student, you have the opportunity to work with innovative faculty members.

Hunsicker partnered with WSU's National Institute for Aviation Research and WSU Ventures to create the Gapper, a flexible plastic device that allows musicians to control the third valve slide. 

Hunsicker says the ring on the third valve slide tends to too big for musicians with smaller hands. The gap between the finger and the ring causes a delay in moving the slide, which results in a missed note. The Gapper fixes that problem.


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.


A graduate degree in music — conducting from Wichita State will equip you for career success directing orchestras, choirs and bands in diverse settings from public schools and universities to churches and the recording industry.