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Earn your online music education degree from Southern Miss!

Music Education MME
Program Overview

You know music is your passion, and you want to share that passion with your students. You know the time and dedication that goes into mastering your art. Simply put, you just want more. You are ready to share your knowledge and skills with the world, but being a classroom student doesn’t fit into your busy schedule. Let Online at Southern Miss bring the classroom to you! We can help you reach your goal without ever stepping inside of a traditional classroom with our fully online music education degree.

Our Master’s in Music Education program is designed specifically for individuals who are currently teaching or involved in the professional world and want to earn their Master’s in Music Education degree from anywhere… at any time. This convenient and affordable online degree gives you the tools to improve your teaching techniques, and offers you the opportunity to address topics that are relevant in music education today. Online at Southern Miss is bringing the classroom to you. This is your life, plus college.

Interested?

Your Future

Check out some of the jobs our graduates landed after earning this degree.

  • Assistant/Associate Professor (most require a PhD or DMA)
  • Music Faculty (community college, junior college, regional college)
  • Community Outreach and Civic Instructional Specalist
  • Music and Liturgy Minister
  • Art, Music, Occupational, or Recreational Therapist
  • Fine Arts Project Consultant
  • Group Facilitator
  • Adjunct Instructor – Applied Music
  • Reference and Instruction Libraries
  • Elective Program Specialist – Music, Fine Arts, PE

MUSIC TEACHER:

  • Elementary Music Educator
  • Middle School Music Educator (band, choir, orchestra, emerging music courses)
  • High School Music Educator (band, choir, orchestra emerging music courses)

Your future starts at Southern Miss!

Qualifications

  • Cover letter requesting admission
  • Bachelor of Music Education, or equivalent, including student teaching and state licensure
  • GRE Scores
  • GPA of 3.0 in last 60 hours of the Bachelor’s Degree
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts from all institutes of higher learning attended
  • Writing Sample that is any research or report written in the last year or a 3-5 page literature review on a music education topic of choice

Degree Requirements


Undergraduate prerequisite for our online music degree include

Completion of a bachelor’s degree in music education at The University of Southern Mississippi or an equivalent program that included student teaching and state licensure.

Required Courses (30 hours)

At least 18 hours of coursework must be at the 600 level or higher. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.

  • REF 601 – Educational Research: Interpretation and Applications 3 hrs. or
  • MED 629 – Music Education Research Designs 3 hrs.
  • REF 607 – Developing a Student-Centered Curriculum 3 hrs. or
  • MED 632 – Music Education Curriculum Development 3 hrs.
  • MED 725 – Foundations and Principles of Music Education 3 hrs.
  • Electives in Music Education 13 hrs.
  • Music History Electives – MUS 630 may be required.3 hrs.
  • Music Theory Electives – MUS 620 may be required.3 hrs.
  • Ensemble (2 hrs) – If ensembles are not available, two additional hours of electives may be substituted. A minimum of eleven elective hours must still be MED courses.


Undergraduate Prerequisite

Completion of a bachelor’s degree in music education at The University of Southern Mississippi or an equivalent program that included student teaching and state licensure.

Structure

The Distance program can be completed in 18 to 24 months, taking 2 to 3 courses online during the fall and spring, and 3 to 4 courses during the summer.  Some courses require a two-week intensive residency occurring at the end of June.

Special Examinations

Students applying for the distance program must submit an example of writing (any research or report written in the last year or a 3 to 5 page literature review on a music education topic of choice) along with a cover letter requesting admission to the distance program.

Required Courses (30 hours)

  • REF 601 – Educational Research: Interpretation and Applications 3 hrs. or
  • MED 629 – Music Education Research Designs 3 hrs.
  • REF 607 – Developing a Student-Centered Curriculum 3 hrs. or
  • MED 632 – Music Education Curriculum Development 3 hrs.
  • MED 725 – Foundations and Principles of Music Education 3 hrs.
  • Electives in Music Education (15 hrs.)
  • Music History Electives – MUS 630 may be required. 3 hrs.
  • Music Theory Electives – MUS 620 may be required. 3 hrs.

Frequently Asked Questions


Additional course fees for the online music education degree track may apply.  Fees range between $20 – $60.



In addition to the steps listed above for Admission Requirements, then apply through the Southern Miss Graduate School through the graduate school application portal https://www.usm.edu/graduate-school/apply-graduate-school



Typically the online music education degree program is completed in 18-24 months, taking 2 or 3 courses online during the fall and spring, and 3 to 4 courses during the summer. Some courses require a two-week intensive residency occurring at the end of June.



We offer admissions in the fall, spring and summer.

  • Summer admission only: Deadline: March 1


Do the standard in-state tuition rates apply for part time students?

Click here and choose the term that applies to view the costs associated with part time enrollment.


Will I need to write a Thesis?

No, the Online Masters in Music Education is designed for practicing teachers and no thesis is required.


Will I need to take comprehensive exams?

Yes, comprehensive exams are given the semester the student intends to graduate and are in the area of Music Education only.


Do I have to come to campus to take my comprehensive exams?

No, you can arrange to have the comprehensive exam proctored where you are located.


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What are the costs?

For pricing information, click here.  For financial aid information, click here.  For detailed tuition information, click here.


What other online degrees are offered by Online at Southern Miss?

Please visit our programs page here: https://online.usm.edu/programs/


Will other classes besides the ones listed in degree requirements count towards my degree?

Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your online music education degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted.


Can this degree be completed fully online?

Yes, the program is available totally online.  Students are not required to visit campus for an in-class lecture; however, an online lecture may be required by your instructor.


Are you a military veteran or service member?

If yes, visit online.usm.edu/military for more information on how Southern Miss can serve you and your needs. We will help you with funding and scholarship information, admissions, and course enrollment.


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Will I have an advisor?

Every online music education degree student is given individualized attention through a graduate student advisor. Once admitted, you will be assigned an advisor in the music education program and receive storage space in MS Office 365 OneDrive for your documents to be shared with your advisor and the School of Music Graduate Coordinator. Directions for installing Microsoft Office 365 for free as a graduate student are found at (https://www.usm.edu/itech/microsoft-office-365


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