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Founded in 1907, the School of Music is one of the larger academic units in the College of Arts and Science. Comprised of 38 full time faculty members and approximately 300 music majors, it is small enough to permit close, personal interaction between students and faculty, but large enough to provide many wonderful opportunities for talented students to excel. Our primary mission is to prepare students to become professional musicians and music educators. The School of Music is widely known for its scholarship in the field, and it is an important cultural resource for the profession, the campus community, and the people of Missouri.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Offered by School of Music:

  • Master of Music (MM) specializing in Collaborative Piano, Composition, Conducting, Music Education, Music Theory, Performance or Piano Pedagogy 
  • Master of Arts (MA) specializing in Musicology
  • Graduate Certificate in Jazz Studies or Music Entrepreneurship

Offered by College of Education:

Degrees related to music education (EdSp and PhD) are offered by the Department of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum in the College of Education in conjunction with the School of Music. These degrees include:

  • Educational Specialist (EdSp) in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum with emphasis in Music Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum with emphasis in Music Education

Application and Admission Information

Detailed admission information may be found at Music applicants must complete the Graduate Studies online application

Prospective MM and MA-Musicology students may contact the associate director to request information about the prerequisites and graduation requirements for specific academic areas, and assistantships or other financial aid.

Prospective students in music education (MM, EdSp and PhD) should contact the director of music education.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 80 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 550 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

Contact Information

Admissions Coordinator
Ben Harting

Director of Graduate Studies
Angelo Manzo
135 Fine Arts Building
Columbia, MO 65211

Director of Graduate Studies in Music Eduction
Wendy Sims
268 Fine Arts Bldg.
Columbia, MO 65211

School of Music website