Master of Music Education (MME) Degree Program

The Master of Music Education (MME-ME) degree with a major in Music Education requires a minimum of 30-credits and is designed to further the student's knowledge, practice, and experience in the field of music education. The Music Education graduate programs include advanced professional and scholarly study for music educators, licensure/certification programs for those with baccalaureate degrees in other fields who plan to enter the music education professions (these initial licensure/certification programs typically also require collateral undergraduate study), and advanced study for individuals in related disciplines. Areas of emphasis, curricula, examinations, and regulations and procedures are described in the MEMT Master's Handbook.

 A list of all course offerings can be found on the Schedule of Classes. To track progress, please download the degree progress check-sheet (.pdf).

Students will study with faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields. The resulting degree ends with either a comprehensive exam for a non-thesis terminal degree or a thesis for those expecting to pursue doctoral work. With the MME degree, music educators teach at the junior college, secondary, or elementary level, and/or pursue research.

Contact Information

Area Coordinator: Jacob Dakon,, 785-864-4518

Graduate Student Academic Services: 


MEMT Program of Study: 17-20 Hours

Research in MEMT (3 credits) Any graduate-level courses

MEMT 812: Research in Music Education & Music Therapy3  
Waiver or Alternate Course 

Applied Music or Conducting (min. 2 hrs)


Advanced MEMT Electives


History Theory Comp (min. 3 hrs)


Individual Program of Study: 10-13 Hours


Thesis Option (3-5 credits)

See instructions for how to prepare the Master's Thesis (format & submission requirements).

MEMT 889: Master's Thesis   
MEMT 889: Master's Thesis   
MEMT 889: Master's Thesis   

Non-Thesis Option Master’s Oral Examination (1 credit)

See instructions for how to prepare the Master's Non-Thesis Portfolio Presentation (format & submission requirements).

MEMT 898: Master's Oral Examination   

Exam Committee Composition (min. 3)

NameChair (MEMT)
 Grad Faculty
 Grad Faculty
 Other Grad Fac

University-Level Exams

Final Oral Exam / Thesis Defense  

Graduation Checklist

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 30 Total Graduate Credit Hours Completed
 3.0 Cumulative Graduate GPA
 Applied for graduation in E&P
 Pass final exam or defense (submit exam authorization form (.pdf) at least 2 weeks prior to exam date)

Thesis Students Only

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 Send signed Title & Acceptance pages to
 Submit ETD release form to Graduate Student Services Coordinator
 Submit thesis to ProQuest/KU Scholar Works for publication