Music Education (M.A.) - Music Studies

Music Education (M.A.) - Music Studies

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2024 through summer 2025. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

This program is a non-licensure program. Refer to

Foundational Studies in Music Education
MUSC 510Foundations of Music Education3
MUSC 524Analytical Techniques 13
MUSC 531Bibliography and Research in Music Education3
Total Hours9

Students must successfully complete the Graduate Music Theory Assessment or enroll in and successfully complete MUSC 522 as a prerequisite to MUSC 524

Music Studies Concentration
ETHM 511Introduction to Ethnomusicology3
MUSC 515Graduate Conducting 13
MUSC 525Advanced Contemporary Arranging Techniques3
MUSC 630Principles of Music Technology3
MUSC 650Research in Music Education3
WRSP 510Biblical Foundations of Worship3
Total Hours18

Students must successfully complete the Graduate Conducting Assessment or enroll in and successfully complete MUSC 514 as a prerequisite to MUSC 515.

Music Education Studies Courses
MUSC 620Music in America3
MUSC 640History and Philosophy of Music Education in America3
MUSC 670Principles of Curricula and Pedagogy for Music Education3
Total Hours9
Research Studies Courses
MUSC 689Masters Thesis Proposal & Research 13
MUSC 692Graduate Music Comprehensive Exam0
Choose one of the following:0
Music Education Curriculum Project 2
Thesis 2
Lecture Performance Recital 2,3
Total Hours3

Any student who needs to enroll in MUSC 689 more than three times needs the approval of School of Music administration.


Any student who will not be able to complete and defend his/her thesis, curriculum project or lecture recital in the course of a single semester may be required to repeat MUSC 689 each semester until deemed ready for enrollment in MUSC 687, MUSC 690, or MUSC 691


Offered in Resident format only

 All Applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 39 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • Degree must be completed within 5 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Resident & Online Format

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
MUSC 510 Foundations of Music Education 3
MUSC 531 Bibliography and Research in Music Education 3
Second Semester
MUSC 620 Music in America 3
MUSC 650 Research in Music Education 3
Second Year
First Semester
MUSC 515 Graduate Conducting 1 3
MUSC 524 Analytical Techniques 3
MUSC 630 Principles of Music Technology 3
Second Semester
MUSC 525 Advanced Contemporary Arranging Techniques 3
MUSC 670 Principles of Curricula and Pedagogy for Music Education 3
Third Year
First Semester
ETHM 511 Introduction to Ethnomusicology 3
MUSC 640 History and Philosophy of Music Education in America 3
Second Semester
MUSC 689 Masters Thesis Proposal & Research 3
MUSC 692 Graduate Music Comprehensive Exam 0
WRSP 510 Biblical Foundations of Worship 3
Research Studies Elective 2 0
 Total Hours39

Intensive optional


Choose from MUSC 687, 690, or 691

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