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Master's in Applied Music

The Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music at Oklahoma State University provides the highest standards of excellence in music education, research, performance, creativity and service. In addition to advanced studies on your instrument, you will develop a refined knowledge of literature composed for that instrument and will also learn teaching and technical approaches for that musical medium. Performing opportunities, both solo and collaborative, are an important component of your degree studies.


This 32 credit hour degree includes applied lessons and courses in repertoire, pedagogy, music research and bibliography, music theory, and music history. Elective courses allow you to explore additional interests. To earn your degree, you will be required to complete a final project (creative component) and a final oral examination.


  • Seven credit hours of pedagogy courses

  • Eight-ten credit hours of performance courses

  • Courses in music research, music history and music theory


Go on to top-tier doctoral programs and music industry employment.


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Our faculty and staff work closely with you to provide mentoring that helps to develop your performance portfolios and enrich your critical thinking about music. You will be part of the next generation of performers and educators, leaving OSU well-equipped to tackle future musical endeavors in a multitude of career paths.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general graduate college application, you must complete an audition as part of your application process.


Test Scores:

  • GRE not required

  • TOEFL minimum score of 79 for international applicants who aren't native English speakers

*Applicants with a TOEFL score of at least 61 iBT/500 PBT but less than 79 iBT/550 PBT (or an IELTS academic stream score of 6.0) and who demonstrate unusual academic promise may be admitted to graduate study on conditional status upon petition to the Graduate College by the graduate program.

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Cost & Assistance

Graduate students in the School of Music may be awarded a 0.5 FTE graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) based on merit and availability. GTAs assist with the school's instructional mission by engaging in pedagogical activities, such as teaching private lessons to non-music majors, leading instrumental warm-ups and grading papers or proctoring quizzes and exams for music academic classes.


Additionally, through a partnership between Oklahoma State University, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Patti Johnson Wilson Foundation, the Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music string area offers four graduate string fellowship positions to violin, viola, cello and bass candidates. This two-year fellowship program enables qualified applicants to pursue a graduate degree at OSU while performing as section players with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.



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