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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Music Education (MUE)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 13.1312
College of The Arts (FA)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of The Arts
Music Department (MUS)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue FAH110
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
William Hayden
Phone: 813-974-1753


Faculty Search: The Arts Faculty List

Program Information

The MA degree at USF is intended for the currently practicing music educator who wishes to increase their understanding of informal learning and learner-centered pedagogies. This degree program also empowers students to become action researchers and thoughtful consumers of research in music education.

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (S.A.C.S.); National Association of Schools of Music (N.A.S.M.).

Major Research Areas:
Alternate Methods, Community Collaboration, Contemporary Changes, Early Childhood, General Music, International Perspectives, Multicultural Issues, Technology, Teacher Behaviors, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 1

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
  • An official Transcript for a completed undergraduate degree in music (from an accredited program) is required with the application..
  • The overall Grade Point Average (GPA) for upper division credit hours must be at least 3.00, and the GPA for all music, music education, and education courses included in the undergraduate degree must be at least 3.00.
  • A Rsum
  • A minimum of two (2) current Letters of Recommendation from people qualified to speak on behalf of the applicants professional capabilities must accompany the application.
  • At least two years of K-12 music teaching experience, or the equivalent, are required.
  • However, final approval for admission must be granted by the music education faculty.
  • International students must include copies of graduation Certificates and/or Diplomas (in addition to official transcripts) with their applications. If English is not their primary language, they must have at least a score of 550 (or 213 for the computer version) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or they must have completed English Language Institute (ELI) Level 4 or Level 5 and have passed the ELI Exit Assessment.

It is important to enroll in the term of admission. If postponement is necessary, you should request that your application be updated for the term when you will register for classes.

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)


Program Degree Requirements

MUE 6XXX (6) Learner-Centered Approaches to Music Education I - (alternative calendar)
MUE 6XXX (3) Research Design and Methods in Music Education -
MUE 6XXX (3) Literature Review in Music Education
MUE 6XXX (3)Research Data Analysis and Report Writing in Music Education
MUE 6XXX (3) Learner-Centered Approaches in Music Education II
MUH 6020 (3) History of Blues and Rock

Electives - 9 credit hours
Any graduate level music courses or course related to the students research interests.

The responsibility for seeing that all graduation requirements are met rests with the student.

Comprehensive Exam
The submission of an action research project final report will be the Comprehensive Examination. Final recommendation with signatures presented to Program Director of Graduate Studies in Music.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

MUS6793, EDF6432, MUE6080, MUS6910, MUS6793, EDF6432, MUE6080,