Master of Music Education

Earn a Master of Music Education online from the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music. The program is NASM (National Association of Schools of Music) certified and is designed for currently certified music teachers and/or experienced classroom music teachers who wish to further develop their teaching and research expertise.  With a choice of emphasis on general, choral, or instrumental music, the Master of Music Education (MMEd) prepares teachers to assume academic leadership roles in curriculum design, mentorship, and research.

Beginning matriculation in the summer, the program may be completed in one year and two months, which includes two full summer sessions, with some courses taken during the academic year. Delivery may include but not be limited to text, images, audio, video, multimedia, and segmented lessons with clear and aligned objectives and assignments. Correspondence includes interactive discussion, video conferencing, and seminars to design and share innovative teaching strategies with peers. Students are granted the same access to online resources, library services, and technical support as all enrolled University of Georgia students, faculty, and staff.

University of Georgia's online Master's in Education programs are ranked #3 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2022


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). 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. Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Select Campus - Online
  3. Selected Intended Program - MMED, Music Education (School of Music)[MMED_MUED_ON] 
  4. Submit the Supplemental Application - Submit the School of Music application online.  Application fee: $20
  5. 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).
  6. Résumé or curriculum vita -  – Upload to the Graduate School application.
  7. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are
  8. Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants 

  • Summer: February 15 (applications received by this deadline will receive priority consideration)
  • Summer: May 1 (final deadline)

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


MUSI 7030E, Research Design in Music Education

3 hrs

MUSI 6150E Music Theory

3 hrs

EMUS 7300E, Introduction to Research in Music Education

3 hrs

MUSI 6010E, Trends and Issues in Music Education

3 hours

EMUS 7640E, Applied Action 1*

3 hrs

MUSI 7330E Curriculum and Supervision

3 hrs

EMUS 7650E, Applied Project in Music Education*

3 hrs

EMUS 7100E Pedagogical Efficacy

3 hrs

EMUS 7500E Assessment and Policy

3 hrs

EMUS 7410E, Psychology of Music*

3 hrs

MUSI 6550E World Music Pedagogy

3 hrs

MUSI 7280E Conducting for Educators

3 hrs

Offerings are Subject to Change

Written exam and Oral Comprehensive Exam

* MUSI 7030E and *EMUS 7300E are Pre-requisites for this course

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.

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



"I knew that I wanted to be a chorus teacher from the time I was in the 6th grade. A teacher encouraged me, sent me to an honor choir, and made me feel that I had found something that I could be successful at. I remember thinking, I want to do this forever. I’ve known about UGA’s programs for a long time. There was never any other program that I pursued because I wanted to have a degree from such a prestigious and well-known institution. When the online program became available, I knew that it was for me!" - Jenna Thayer, '17

"I wanted to truly see how I could improve as an educator. I have a passion for education and enjoy finding innovative and effective ways to engage meaningful music learning in my students. I wanted to expand my horizons and make a difference in my current and future students. Seeing results, even minimal, of the concepts and strategies I learned from my classmates, professors, and research articles provided a fountain of inspiration and motivation. I also was blessed in being hired to start the music program." - Jessica Tirado, '17