The Master of Music program provides intensive experiences in performance, conducting, or composition as well as courses geared to enhance the students’ knowledge and understanding of the literature of their area of concentration, and a greater understanding of music in general. The M.M. program at Rowan University is for the aspiring musician who wishes to make a career as a performer, conductor, or composer or will continue their studies at the Ph.D. or DMA level. Graduates of Rowan's Master of Music program have gone on to major doctoral programs, orchestral careers, arts leadership positions, and careers as college professors and public school teachers.
The Master of Music degree at Rowan University is designed to be 4 semesters long but can be completed in 2 or 3 semesters depending on number of hours taken/semester and the course rotation schedule.
Instrumental Performance Concentration and Vocal Performance Concentration
Music Theory and Music History placement exams the first week of classes (not admission bearing)
Total semester hours required for program completion: 34–38 s.h
Culminating Experience (Recital): a recital jury is only required under special circumstances
Oral Comprehensive Exam
Thesis Requirement: none
The Master of Music Performance offers the following focus areas: Guitar, Keyboard, Orchestral Instruments, and Vocal. The number of credits required to complete this program depends on the chosen focus area.
The following courses make up the Master of Music program.
Required Courses: 6 semester hours (s.h.)
Required Graduate Performance Music Courses: 12-16 semester hours (s.h.)
Concentration Courses: 2-4 semester hours (s.h.)
Elective Courses: 3-7 semester hours (s.h.)
Choose focus area approved electives.
Focus Area - Orchestral Instruments: 12 semester hours (s.h.)
*The Vocal Focus Area requires an approved French, German, or Italian language course.
Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.
The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.
Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
Current professional resume
Two letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information, which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree
Performance Audition (at which any required foundation courses are determined)
Start Dates & Application Deadlines
The chart below details available entry terms for the Master of Music program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.
Tuition & Costs
Per Semester Hour
Note: This rate applies to academic year 2019/2020 and is subject to change.