Master of Music Education (MME)

Master of Music Education (MME)

Bob Jones University’s accredited Master of Music Education will equip you to apply current research in music education to curriculum and instructional design while exploring different facets of music education, from historical precedents to music psychology.

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Aug. 30
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Why Earn a Master of Music Education Degree?

BJU’s master of music education program, ranked #6 by Forbes as the best online Master's in Music Education, combines convenience and flexibility with top-notch academics. Designed for practicing K-12 music teachers, the master of music education program meets you where you are—allowing you to specialize in music education and develop your leadership potential.


BJU’s master of music education program explores many different facets of music education, from historical precedents to music psychology. You’ll take courses in advanced rehearsal techniques and performance literature, and explore pedagogy, curriculum design, program administration and more—all from a distinctly Christian worldview.

Throughout your entire program, you’ll interact with credentialed faculty who are passionate about your success, and they’ll provide you with realistic and constructive insights to help you further develop your skills.

Key Outcomes

Skills You'll Acquire:

As part of this program, you will develop a range of valuable skills employers seek.

  • Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving — Critique influential philosophies and learning theories of music education from a biblical worldview.
  • Curriculum Development — Apply current research in music education to curriculum and instructional design.
  • Leadership — Articulate a clear vision for innovative leadership in music education.
  • Communication — Provide valuable recommendations for program improvements in music education, aligning with proven approaches to teaching music, such as Kodály, Orff, Dalcroze, and Music Learning Theory.
  • Research — Develop evidence-based processes rooted in research which will enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of music education initiatives.
Careers You Can Pursue:
  • K-12 music teacher
  • Fine arts director
  • Community college teacher
  • Music curriculum writer
  • Summer music camp director
  • Church music education director
Months to Complete

With our flexible learning paths, you can complete your degree in as little as 24 months.

Tuition Costs

Cost per credit: $450


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  • Flexible schedule
  • All courses are online
  • Designed for the busy professional

100% of our MME courses are available online, so you’ll be able to continue serving where God has led you while you learn and apply new skills. The master of music education is designed to integrate with your current career in music education, tailored to your schedule and interests.

This program requires 30 credits. An undergraduate degree in music education (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for the MME. This program does not lead to state licensure, but you can pursue state licensure through other avenues if this is your goal. 


Steps to Apply

1.   Review the admission requirements

Prerequisite: Our master’s degree programs require an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Note: International students or students with degrees from unaccredited institutions are considered on a case-by-case basis.

GPA: Our master’s degree programs require a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA:

  • 2.0 GPA for the Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling programs
  • 3.0 GPA for the Master of Public Health (MPH) programs
  • 2.5 GPA for all other master’s degree programs
  • Note: If your GPA is at least 2.4, we would encourage you to apply as some exceptions are granted 

2.   Start your application

To begin your online application, you will need to create a Bob Jones University account.

3.   Gather your required materials

You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:

Official Transcripts

If you are a new student, you must request an official transcript from the institution granting your undergraduate degree. Your transcript should be sent to the Office of Admission for graduate study approval before admission.

Office of Admission
Bob Jones University
1700 Wade Hampton Blvd
Greenville, SC 29614

If you are a BJU graduate, your BJU transcript will be reviewed as part of the approval process before admission.

Reference Requests

You will need to submit the names, email addresses, and mailing addresses of two references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each reference requesting they complete a brief online recommendation. References must be submitted for your application to be considered complete.

Reference 1: a church leader (pastor or pastoral staff, non-relative)
Reference 2: an academic recommendation from a school official if you have been enrolled within the past 12 months; if you have not been enrolled in the past 12 months, submit a general reference.

4.   Fill out your FAFSA 

If you are interested in Financial Aid, please complete your FAFSA information.

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Does this degree lead to teacher certification?

No. Teacher licensure requires many credits and supervised teaching which are offered at the undergraduate level. 

Does this degree require applied lessons or ensemble participation?

No. This degree is 100% online. No performance credits are required. 

How long does it take to finish the MME?

The MME can be finished in two years if a course is taken every session (5-6 classes per year). ​​​​​​​

When can I start taking courses?

Students can start taking courses at the beginning of any session. There is no particular sequence to the courses, except for ME 695 which must be taken last because it is the capstone course and includes the comprehensive exam.

I have an undergraduate degree in music. Can I be accepted into the MME program?

Yes. If you can provide evidence of successful music teaching experience, you can apply and be considered for this program. 


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What's the Value of a Master's Degree?

Greater Earnings Potential: On average, those with a master’s degree earn higher income than those with a bachelor’s degree.

Increased Job Stability: Those with a master’s degree have a higher chance of landing a professional role after graduation.

Stay in Demand: A master's degree can help you stay current in your field and relevant in the market. 

Stay Employed: A master's degree reduces the likelihood of experiencing unemployment when compared to those with just a bachelor’s degree.

Stay Ahead Financially: The future gains for those with a graduate degree outpace those with a bachelor’s degree.

Our Master's Degrees Come with a Guide: Our Pathway Partners can support your next steps towards a graduate degree. They help you see the path forward, monitor your progress, and help you know what to do next.

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Pattye Casarow
Interim Dean, School of Fine Arts and Communication
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