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Music - Master of Music Education

The Master of Music Education degree allows the graduate student to study current issues in music education. The core required classes cover curriculum, evaluation, psychology of music, music research, and foundations of the music education profession. Master's candidates are also given the opportunity to develop a specialized area of concentration which may include but is not limited to specialties such as conducting, applied instrumental or vocal lessons, or education administration.

This degree is offered in a fully online format, but full and part-time students can still choose to attend elective classes on campus.

University Admission Requirements

A student applying to a master's program must:

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • have a minimum 2.8 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200

International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

A student applying to this program must have:

  • Undergraduate degree in music education, or the equivalent for international students.
  • School of Music application (included within the university application).
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate enrollment. 
  • Three current letters of recommendation
  • If candidate plans on studying privately on their instrument or voice, a live or recorded performance audition on the applicant’s primary applied instrument is required. View the suggested repertoire under the music studios area for your specific instrument/voice.
  • MMEd applicants must submit a video/DVD of themselves in rehearsal situation or teaching in the classroom
  • Copy of teaching certificate. If unavailable, provide written evidence of teaching ability and projected date for completion of certificate.
  • The GRE is not required.

Additional Admission Requirements for International Students

  • English translation(s) of official transcript(s), verified with fresh seals and signatures.
  • Declaration of Finances.
  • Official English Language Exam Score (TOEFL or IELTS). The minimum iBT TOEFL score is 79. The minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5. Official scores need to be sent to Illinois State directly from ETS (TOEFL) or the testing center which administered the test (IELTS).
  • Copy of passport.

 The documents listed above for international students need to be sent to the Office of Admissions.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Fall  Application reviewed as space permits (International student deadline is May 1) 
Spring  Application reviewed as space permits (International student deadline is October 1) 
Summer  Application reviewed as space permits (International student deadline is April 1) 

Graduate Assistantship Information

The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.


To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,

  • be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
  • be in good-standing
  • be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).


Graduate assistants receive

  • monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
  • a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
  • a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment

Cost & Funding

See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from continuous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.

Graduate Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Angelo Favis  Cook Hall 402  (309) 438-8960 
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