Earn your online music education degree from Southern Miss!
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.
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 Specialist
- 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
- 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!
Required Courses (30 hours)
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.
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.
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)
Educational Research: Interpretation and Applications
Music Education Research Designs
Developing a Student-Centered Curriculum
Music Education Curriculum Development
Foundations and Principles of Music Education
- 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.
A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation. Graduate students must receive a grade of B- or better in any class for it to count toward graduation requirements.
Please note that the above information is meant to be a guide and is not official. For further information regarding courses for this degree, see the University Bulletin. Please be aware that not all course choices listed in the University Bulletin are available online. However, sufficient online options are available to complete this degree.
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
No, all online classes are charged in-state tuition.
Click here and choose the term that applies to view the costs associated with part time enrollment.
No, the Online Masters in Music Education is designed for practicing teachers and no thesis is required.
Yes, comprehensive exams are given the semester the student intends to graduate and are in the area of Music Education only.
No, you can arrange to have the comprehensive exam proctored where you are located.
Please visit our programs page here: https://online.usm.edu/programs/
Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your online music education degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted.
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.
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.
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
A graduate student must meet the general requirements for admission to the university graduate program as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin. The Southern Miss Graduate School applications are fully online. Please submit your application, all required documentation listed below, and required fees via the online application found at the Graduate School for admission consideration.
- Complete Graduate School Application
- Submit official transcripts from all institutes of higher education to the Graduate School
- Submit GRE scores to the Graduate School
Admission is competitive and based on a holistic review of the applicant’s credentials by departments. The University sets minimum requirements for regular admission into graduate school, including:
- Minimum GPA of 2.75/4.00 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
- Good standing at last university attended
- Standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, MAT, or other acceptable exam)
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of purpose or writing sample (according to departmental requirements)
- Acceptable TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores (international students)
- $60 non-refundable application fee
- Original transcripts and immunization records (required prior to enrolling for classes if admitted)
International applicants, please mail official transcripts to:
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5135
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-001/USA
The Music Education MME has its own set of requirements. Please review the list below to ensure the you meet all the department requirements.
- 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