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Master of Music Education (M.M.Ed.)

Advance your career in teaching, academic research, and administration with an online Master’s in Music Education.  This program allows you to study 100% online and graduate prepared to continue on to doctoral studies or to assume academic leadership roles in instruction, curriculum design, mentorship, and research.  

This online master’s degree program is offered through the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music and is NASM (National Association of Schools of Music) accredited.  It is designed for musicians seeking to enhance their credentials, as well as for certified music teachers wishing to further develop their teaching and research expertise and increase their earning potential.  With a choice of emphasis on general, choral, or instrumental music, the online Master’s in Music Education (M.M.Ed.) provides the practical skills you need to expand your expertise.

How Long Does It Take To Earn An Online Master’s In Music Education? 

Beginning matriculation in the summer, this 100% online music education master’s program may be completed in as little as 14 months, which includes two full summer sessions, with some courses taken during the academic year. An extended matriculation plan is available upon advisement.

What Are The Benefits Of An Online Master’s In Music Education? 

The online Master’s in Music Education provides a flexible and convenient way to earn a degree while still meeting the demands of your busy schedule. Online students are granted the same access to online resources, library services, and technical support as all enrolled University of Georgia students to help ensure that you are equipped for success in every way. By earning a master’s degree in as few as 14 months you can change the trajectory of your music career, pursue advancement in your current role, or continue on to doctoral studies.  

Why Choose UGA Online’s Master’s In Music Education Program? 

As an online graduate of the University of Georgia, you become part of an extensive alumni network and a longstanding tradition of striving for excellence in every pursuit.  For over two hundred years, we have been on a mission of leadership and service, and today, we are ranked #16 among the nation’s top public institutions by U.S. News & World Report, with numerous online master's programs ranked in the top 10 among programs nationwide.


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

This degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).


Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar's Office website for current tuition and fees. This program is an E-Rate program, so choose “yes” for the E-Rate line item within the calculator.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. Potential additional costs include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and 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 for the online Masters in Music Education program.

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

Master's in Music Education Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and must have obtained, or be eligible to obtain, certification to teach music in public/private K-12 schools, or, in the judgment of the Hodgson School of Music Faculty, have equivalent competencies for the online Master’s in Music Education program.

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.

Online Master's in Music Education 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
  • International Applicants - must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

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



Master's in Music Education Program Structure

This fully online program requires the completion of 33 credit hours and can be completed with an accelerated 14-month option or in two years.  Students pursuing this degree begin matriculation in the summer session. Please note there are alternative matriculation options available upon advisement.

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

EMUS 7100E Pedagogical Efficacy

3 hrs

EMUS 7650E, Applied Project in Music Education*

3 hrs

EMUS 7410E, Psychology of Music*

3 hrs

EMUS 7500E Assessment and Policy

3 hrs

MUSI 7330E Curriculum and Supervision

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.

News & Events

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Leveraging your resources to embrace the unexpected

Sometimes newly employed educators inherit new or unexpected projects. Music education faculty, Skip Taylor, embraced just such a challenge and tapped into his resources to support a project that offered Hodgson School students pre-service teaching opportunities and community outreach.

The value of action research in music education classrooms

All teachers encounter struggles with their students. But rather than relying on a few field anecdotes, what if you could identify a teaching challenge and develop a systematic action plan customized to your students’ needs and skill sets?

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Emotion in Music — Teaching Eclectic Styles and Improvisation

Musical improvisation encourages individual expression and a deeper relationship with music. Teaching improvisation however, requires training. Research by Taylor and Georgia State University’s Martin Norgaard, uncovered a need for pre-service teacher training in the art of fostering improvisational skills and creativity. “The benefit of teaching improvisation in the classroom is that it provides the opportunity for students to develop the art of musical expression through articulation, phrasing and inflection” says Skip Taylor, Music Education faculty at the University of Georgia, Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

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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

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.