Music M.A.

Enjoy of a highly-specialized experience and extraordinary opportunities

The Master of Arts in Music degree is best suited for those wishing to tailor a more academic degree in music to their specifications.

Our internationally-known faculty, outstanding facilities (including four performance halls and two state-of-the-art buildings), and small student to faculty ratio allow for a highly-specialized educational experience and extraordinary leadership opportunities for our every student.

Applicants should possess the baccalaureate degree in music or a demonstrated equivalent. Prospects should have attained a high degree of proficiency in one or more of the following areas: performance, theory-composition, music education, or music history. Applicants must audition in person in their applied specialization (an audio/video recording would be accepted if the in-person audition would pose undue hardship). 


Leading Program

The UNI School of Music is regarded as one of the finest music programs in the Midwest and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Top-Notch Facilities

The School of Music is home to state-of-the-art facilities, including recording studios, performance and practice spaces, editing labs and more.


The UNI School of Music awards $400,000 in scholarships to our students each year – helping our students pursue their degrees affordably. 


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Ann Bradfield, D.M.A.

School of Music Graduate Program Coordinator

(319) 273-2640

Career Opportunities

After you complete your graduate program, you will have a variety of career opportunities. For example, our alumni has landed on the following careers:

  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Music Professor
  • Band Director
  • Band Teacher
  • Choir Director
  • Director of Bands
  • General Music Teacher
  • Instructor
  • Music Teacher
  • Musician
  • Performer
  • Studio Artist
  • Teacher

Courses & Curriculum

With both Thesis and Non-Thesis options, our program consists of the following core classes:

  • Topics in Music Theory and Analysis
  • Foundations of Musical Analysis
  • Foundations of Musicology
  • Topics in Music History and Culture

Regarded as one of the finest music programs in the Midwest, University of Northern Iowa is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

NASM Accreditation

‌National Association of Schools of Music
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
‌(703) 437-0700 Phone
(703) 437-6312 Fax

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