Master of Science in Music Education

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Music Education degree program at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) is designed to provide certified music teachers with advanced study and professional training beyond the baccalaureate degree in music education, music history, music theory, and performance. Applicants to the Master of Science in Music Education degree program must have completed a bachelor's degree in music education or music at an accredited institution and hold a valid teaching license. The Department of Music at CCSU requires that applicants have at least one year of teaching experience at an elementary or secondary, public or private school before applying for the M.S. in Music Education degree program.


Candidates must apply to both the University and the Department of Music. All applicants must complete a 2-3 page word-processed essay as part of the application process. A theory and aural skills examination, which will be given on the day of the interview, is intended to evaluate your knowledge of basic undergraduate theory and aural skills. A personal interview with members of the Department of Music’s Graduate Committee will be conducted to assess the applicant’s ability to analyze and synthesize their life experiences as indicators of the student’s potential for a Master’s in Music Education candidacy. All applicants to the Master of Science in Music Education Program should bring a portfolio to the interview. The minimum GPA requirement is a 2.70 based on a 4.00-point scale where an A is 4.00.


The M.S. Music Education program consists of 33 credits that include (a) 15 credits of core music courses, (b) 12 credits of elective courses, and (c) 3 credits of a capstone project. Candidates for the M.S. in Music Education have the option of pursuing a course of study that focuses their electives in areas that include pedagogy, curriculum, technology, performance, choral conducting, and instrumental conducting. All students in the M.S. in Music Education program must complete Plan B - Comprehensive Exam, and either Plan A-Thesis, or Plan C - Special Project. Students selecting Plan C may complete either MUS 597-A: Research in Music Education, or MUS 597-B: Performance Recital, Choral or Instrumental Conducting Recital, or Composition.

The Master of Science in Music Education degree program must be completed within six years from the date of matriculation. Students may complete the degree program in four summers. Students who wish to do so may take courses throughout the school year in addition to summer coursework. The Summer Music Institute (SMI) is the primary venue for our Masters degree program that offers a unique blend of theory and practice, focus and versatility. Information about the courses offered during SMI can be found at



Core Music Courses (15 cr.):
MUS 470 Music Structure and Style (3 cr.)
MUS 509 Comparative Music Studies (3 cr.)
MUS 504 Principles and Foundations of Music Education (3 cr.)
MUS 510 Current Issues in Music (3 cr.)
MUS 598 Research in Music Education (3 cr.)

Electives: 12 cr. of adviser-approved electives in music and music education

Professional Education (3-9 cr.):
One of the following:
EDF 500 Contemporary Educational Issues (3 cr.)
EDF 516 School and Society (3 cr.)
EDF 524 Foundations of Contemporary Theories of Curriculum (3 cr.)
EDF 525 History of American Education (3 cr.)
EDF 538 The Politics of Education (3 cr.)
EDF 583 Sociological Foundations of Education (3 cr.)


Capstone Requirement:
All students must take Comprehensive Exams in the core music courses at the end of their program of study and a Culminating Project (3 cr.). Options for the culminating project include:
Plan A: MUS 599 Thesis OR
Plan C: MUS 597-A: Research in Music Education, or MUS 597-B: Performance Recital; Choral or Instrumental Conducting Recital; or Composition.


General Education (0-6 cr.):
Elected with adviser's approval

Up to 6 additional credits, to be selected with adviser's approval.

Note: Students enrolled in the following courses will be assessed an Applied Music Fee-$200.00 for 1/2 hour lesson (MUS 577) and $400.00 for full hour lesson (MUS 578). Contact the Department for additional information.


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