Whether you want to teach music in a classroom, lead a music-oriented organization, or prepare for a doctoral program, our Master of Arts in Music will help you gain the advanced skills you need.

The Master of Arts in Music degree is for students who are ready to continue their music education in order to excel in their chosen profession. Students can further customize this degree by selecting electives in their areas of interest.

The MA in Music addresses the specific needs of music teachers in Catholic school systems by providing specific courses, creating a network of peers, and providing a program of study that includes scholarship, community, and spirituality.

Available to students from across the country, this blended program provides a two-week intensive summer program at our main campus in Bismarck, ND with online, private, ensemble, independent, and blended courses during the year.

At a Glance

Projected 10-year increase in music director and composer jobs

Program Length

3 summers plus interim fall/spring semesters


  • Blended, online with two-week experiences during the summers at our main campus in Bismarck, ND

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Music Educators
  • BA in Music Degree Holders

Career Paths

  • Director
  • Composer
  • Music Educator
  • Performer

What You’ll Learn

In our Master of Arts in Music program, you will create a project—conducting, performing, composing, writing, or producing—that demonstrates graduate-level proficiency and lead a performance of that project for an underserved or a marginalized segment of the local community. When you graduate, you will be prepared to:

  • Articulate connections between music disciplines and human experiences through scholarship and/or performance.
  • Foster an environment that inspires creativity.
  • Serve the community with knowledge within the contexts of applied music, musicianship, and elective courses.

Program Details


Your first step is to apply for candidacy by submitting the application for admission. Candidacy means you are on your way to completing the admissions process! You will need to be accepted into your program before you can enroll in classes.

Upon receiving candidacy, you will need to submit the following to be considered for admissions into a graduate program: 

  • Official transcripts showing a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
    • Graduated from the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouseor by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to [email protected]
  • Professional goals statement
  • Resume identifying applicable professional or education experience
  • Application/enrollment fee – This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.
  • Two letters of recommendation

Blended, online with two-week experiences during the summers at our main campus in Bismarck, ND

  • Tution: $560 per credit
  • Application fee: $45
  • Technology fee: $43 per credit

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

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