Why earn a master's degree in music?

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Pursue your passion and master the skills you need to build a rewarding career as a performer, teacher, composer, conductor or administrator. UND's graduate program in music helps you achieve mastery in any area of music.

Music Specializations

The M.M. program offers specializations in:

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Music Education
  • Performance
  • Pedagogy
  • Collaborative Piano

All specializations combine intense study in your area of interest with a broad foundation in music theory, history and performance. All graduate students in music are invited to participate in our acclaimed ensembles ranging from jazz ensembles to choir to orchestra and band.

Master's in Music at UND

  • Travel the world for music performances in destinations such as China, Japan, Brazil or Cuba.

  • Perform in world-class facilities such as the 2,300-seat Chester Fritz Auditorium.

  • Choose a course of study to match your music interests.

  • Apply for a teaching assistantship to qualify for a stipend and/or tuition waiver.

  • The University of North Dakota is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Music Careers


Median annual salary for music directors and composers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Music Directors and Composers


Median annual salary for musicicians and singers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Musicians and Singers

A Master of Music degree prepares you for a rewarding career in any aspect of the music industry.

  • Leadership role as a music teacher at the elementary or secondary level
  • Symphony orchestra musician
  • Singer
  • Church musician
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Arts administrator
  • Studio musician

When You Earn a Master's Degree in Music

A master's degree in music gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Music Theories
  • Curriculum Development
  • Compositions
  • Strategic Planning
  • Event Planning

UND Music Alumni

Music alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • American Youth Symphony, Inc.
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Dunes Summer Theatre

Music Courses You Could Take

Lead Your Way

Students are encouraged to be expressive with their art and to participate in the music program's community.