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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. Elective courses might be used by students seeking professional certification in teaching.

This degree program does not require an audition or portfolio review beyond general admission requirements.

More Information

For more information, please contact Linda Pohly, PhD, coordinator of graduate programs in music, or see 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 apply to both the Ball State Graduate School and the School of Music. If you’re an international student, your first contact is the Office of International Admissions.

Entrepreneurial Music

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The certificate in entrepreneurial music provides you with a safe environment where you can take creative risks; develop entrepreneurial, marketing, networking, and grant-writing skills; and learn from successful artists. You will learn how to better manage and navigate the increasing demands on 21st century musicians by blending a curriculum of both music and business courses. Learn more.