Certificate Programs

Degree Requirements


Twelve (12) credit hours must be completed during one year of study to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Music Performance.* 

Courses are in the following categories (credit hours are per year): 

  • Applied Studio Instruction (6) 
  • Large Ensemble (2)
  • Chamber music/Jazz Combo/Accompanying/Coaching (2)
  • Recital (1) 
  • Community Outreach Performance Project (1) or Elective (1) 

*International Graduate Students Federal regulations require F-1 international graduate students to maintain an enrollment of 9 credit hours per semester until their final semester of enrollment. Elective courses in the School of Music or courses in the AEC may be taken to reach this enrollment. 


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