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Why Pursue a Master's Degree in Music

UTSA’s Master of Music degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The School of Music’s facilities include a 500-seat recital hall, two large rehearsal halls, practice rooms, classrooms, and faculty studios and offices. The music faculty incorporates technology and all levels of instruction, performance, and composition.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Music (MM)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution. Applicants are expected to hold a Bachelor of Music degree or Bachelor of Music Education degree with a major in their intended area of graduate emphasis.
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level.
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries). Scores are currently waived for this program through the 2022-23 academic year.
  Purpose Statement Required
  Letters of Recommendation 3 demonstrating your academic and personal attributes for success in this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
  Audition Required
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
Apply using 2021-22 Graduate Application Apply using 2022-23 Graduate Application

Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Music (MM)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission after the posted deadline. Decisions will be made and sent to applicants within a few weeks after the review date.
  Fall Spring Summer
Priority February 1 September 15 Not Available
International May 1 November 1 April 1
Domestic May 1 November 1 April 1

Funding Opportunities


Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.

  • Performance in voice, piano, organ, guitar, strings, woodwinds, percussion, or brass
  • Choral or instrumental conducting
  • Music education
  • Vocal or piano pedagogy and performance

The Master of Music program at UTSA also offers graduate certificates in keyboard pedagogy and keyboard performance.

Drew Stephen

Graduate Advisor of Record

Drew Stephen, PhD