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Music

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Jason Kwak
jk45@txstate.edu
512.245.3390
Music Building, Room 204

Advisor Support
Dr. Alton Corley
ac44@txstate.edu
512.245.7387
Music Building, Room 109

To ensure that students’ music education is well-rounded and creatively inspired, Texas State offers a large variety of performing opportunities, including participation in opera productions, choir, orchestra, concert and marching bands, chamber ensembles, award-winning mariachi and salsa ensembles and other vibrant cultural music groups.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.M. Choral Conducting 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.M. Composition 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.M. History and Literature 36 Thesis No minor
M.M. Instrumental Conducting 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.M. Jazz Performance 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.M. Keyboard, String or Guitar Performance 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.M. Latin Music Performance 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.M. Performance and Pedagogy 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.M. Theory 36 Thesis No minor
M.M. Voice Performance 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.M. Woodwind, Brass or Percussion Performance 36 Non-Thesis No minor

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority January 15 January 15
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).


Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree in music from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • background course work in music

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted. 


GRE Scores

  • GRE scores not required

Documents & Other Requirements

  • audition or portfolio and interview (Requirements vary by concentration. Visit the department's website for detailed instructions.)
  • resume/CV (maximum three pages) including name, address, email address, education (degrees or special certifications), professional experience, scholarship awards, special recognitions, articles or presentations, selected community activity, and other information pertinent to the desired degree and concentration
  • statement of purpose (400-600 words with your name and email in the header) addressing the following:
    • What experiences have you had in your selected music concentration?
    • What qualities, values, characteristics, and/or skills do you possess that make you a strong candidate for your selected program at Texas State?
    • What do you hope to gain from the program, and how does this relate to your personal and professional goals?
    • Discuss your plans to pursue doctoral studies as well, if applicable.
  • three letters of recommendation

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

If you do not meet the scores above, you may qualify for English-based conditional admission if you meet the minimum scores below:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 59 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 5.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 5.5

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.