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The master of arts (MA) is designed for students who are interested in broad coverage of the discipline of music at the graduate level.

With a one-plan, 30-credit-hour curriculum, the MA balances music performance, history and musicology, theory, and education, plus additional elective courses. There is an additional opportunity to take elective courses and receive professional certification in teaching from our recognized Music Education faculty.

This degree program does not require an audition or portfolio review beyond general admission requirements, but students interested in applied or conducting study should still audition if they intend to pursue those opportunities.

More Information

For more information, fill out our request form, visit the course catalog, or download the graduate student handbook.

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Paying for Your Education

School of Music Assistantships

An assistantship is an excellent opportunity to work closely with faculty, gain hands-on experience, and it provides a waiver of most of your tuition costs and a stipend. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

You will need to be admitted by both the Ball State Graduate School and the School of Music. 

Entrepreneurial Studies

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The certificate in entrepreneurial music features an exciting environment where students take creative risks; develop entrepreneurial, marketing, networking, and grant-writing skills; and learn from successful artists/entrepreneurs. Through the 15-hour curriculum of both music and business courses, students learn valuable skills for success as musicians and entrepreneurs in the 21st century. School of Music students pursuing either the Master of Music or the Master of Arts can add this certificate program to their degree plans. Learn more.

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