Master of Music Education

Offered online through the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the Master of Music Education (M.M.Ed) is for currently certified music teachers who wish to enhance practitioner and research skills. With a choice of emphasis on general, choral, or instrumental music, the degree will prepare you to assume academic leadership roles in curriculum design, mentorship, and teacher research.

Informed by the latest methods and techniques, you will participate in interactive discussions and seminars to create and share innovative teaching strategies.

Completion of the Master of Music Education degree program leads to Georgia Teacher Certification in Music at the T-5 Level.


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones and printer may be required.
  • High Speed Internet Access.


Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $629 per credit hour 33 credit hours   $20,757 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester  4 semesters       $2,388 USD
Total Program Cost      $23,145 USD

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 


Credit and Transfer

Total Credit Hours Required to Earn Degree:  33
Maximum Credit Hours Transferable into Program:  6

Admission Requirements

Students applying to The University of Georgia must be accepted by the Graduate School. Persons holding a bachelor's degree from any institution accredited by the proper regional accrediting association are eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate School.

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in music education from an accredited institution, and hold certification to teach music in public/private K-12 schools, be eligible for such certification, or, in the judgment of the Hodgson School of Music Faculty, have equivalent competencies. Applicants should have attained grade point average of 3.0 or better for all undergraduate work.

Application Checklist

  1. UGA Graduate Application – Submit the Graduate School application online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. UGA School of Music Application - Submit the School of Music application online.  Application fee: $20

In order to complete the applications you will need to have the following:

  • Test Scores – Provide recent official entrance test scores (less than five years old). The UGA institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813 
    • International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. 
    • GRE or Miller Analogy Test (MAT)
  • Statement of Purpose – In a few paragraphs, please explain why you wish to pursue graduate study in music at UGA and how the degree to which you are applying will help you meet your long-term professional goals (School of Music application only).
  • Letters of Recommendation – Your 3 letters of recommendation should be from individuals who can evaluate your scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program.
  • Résumé or curriculum vita
  • Official Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.

Application Deadlines

  • Summer:  April 1

International Applicants

  • Summer:  February 15

Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar website provides up-to-date information on registration dates. 



Program Structure

The Master of Music Education (M.M.Ed.) online degree is an approved program that leads to Georgia Teacher Certification in Music at the T-5 level. This fully online program requires completion of 33 credit hours within a two year program. Students pursuing this degree begin matriculation in the summer session.

Matriculation Plan

First Summer Session   (9 Hours Total)

MUSI 7030E, Research Design in Music Education 3 hours
MUSI 6150E, Elements of Music Theory 3 hours
Professional Education Elective 3 hours

2016 Fall Session   (6 Hours Total)

EMUS 6000E, Applied Action 1 3 hours 
EMUS 6000E, Assessment and Policy 3 hours 

2017 Spring Session   (6 Hours Total)

EMUS 7650E, Applied Project in Music Education 3 hours 
MUSI 7410E, Psychology of Music 3 hours 

Second Summer Session   (12 Hours Total)

MUSI 6010E, Trends and Issues in Music Education 3 hours
MUSI 7330E, Music Curriculum and Supervision 3 hours
MUSI 6290E, Music History Survey 3 hours
EMUS 8990, Research Seminar in Music Education 3 hours

Course schedule is subject to change allowing the curriculum to adapt to varying needs and emerging information.

News & Events

Alumna Profile: Jenna Thayer, M.M.Ed

“I knew that I wanted to be a chorus teacher from the time I was in the 6th grade.

How to Broaden the Spectrum of Music Education Across Cultures

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Alumna Profile: Jessica Tirado, M.M.Ed

Novice music teacher, Jessica Tirado, planned to pursue a Master of Music Education degree in the future.

Leveraging your resources to embrace the unexpected

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The value of action research in music education classrooms

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Music Education From Georgia to Kenya and Back Again

The Moi Girls school in Kenya and the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music have created a program unique in the world of music education.

“There are so many benefits to this program,” said Jutras. “The students at Moi Girls’ receive valuable instruction and are able to connect with a larger world, while our own UGA students are able to have firsthand experience with the transformative power of music instruction. They can watch themselves make a difference in the lives of the girls they are teaching and appreciate how much good they can do for the world through music.” Read More

Community, Connection and Commitment: The Value of Conference Attendance

This January, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia has five music education faculty presenting at the Georgia Music Educators Association’s In-Service Conference. Why is nearly an entire area of a music school devoting time and effort at the start of a semester to not just attending, but presenting at a conference?

Emotion in Music — Teaching Eclectic Styles and Improvisation

Musical improvisation encourages individual expression and a deeper relationship with music. Teaching improvisation however, requires training.

UGA Nationally Reaffirmed as a Top Military School

Once again, the University of Georgia has been nationally reaffirmed in 2016 as Military Friendly, Best for Vets and a Top Military College/University. Since the establishment of the Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) in the spring of 2013, UGA has made significant progress in connecting student veterans to one another, as well as to campus and community resources. UGA continues to maintain active affiliation with both the Student Veterans of America and the Got Your Six campaign, where faculty and staff attend a training session to become certified as veteran-friendly.


Contact Information

Contact the online Music Education Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have.

Email us using the request for information form or call 1 (706) 452-7930