Graduate Degrees

Lamarissimo concert

The Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music offers the Master of Music degree with tracks in music education and performance. The degree is designed to help music educators and performers advance musicianship and develop new concepts that may be applied to their particular fields of endeavor. 

Admission Requirements: General

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Persons seeking admission to this degree program must meet the general requirements for admission.

For domestic students (U. S. citizens and permanent residents), application, official transcripts, and Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores are due to the Graduate Office at least 30 days before registration for the semester in which the student is entering. Requirements for international students, including due dates, may also be found at the above address. Scroll down to 2. Admission to Graduate Programs - International Students.

Applicants must take the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE. The GRE in music is not required. Contact the Graduate Office for information regarding application for the examination. Request that the test company send scores to the Lamar University Graduate Office.

GPA and GRE score requirements:

            GPA (undergraduate GPA X 200 + GRE score equal to or greater than 1350)
            GPA may be calculated either overall or on the last 60 hours
International students whose first language is not English must take an English proficiency examination. See Regulations for admissions at the address above.

Admission Requirements: Music

Generally, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree in music. Students who do not have a Bachelor of Music degree, or whose music degree is in an area different from the desired graduate degree (e. g., music education students who want to do graduate work in performance) may be required to take “leveling courses.” Contact the graduate adviser for details.

Applicants choosing the performance track will perform an audition for the applied committee in his or her performance area. In addition, prospective students on the performance track in voice must show proficiency (to be determined by the Department of Music) in German, French, and Italian diction prior to entering this degree program. Contact the department or individual faculty members for audition repertoire suggestions and for the schedule of audition dates.

All students who did not graduate from the music program at Lamar University will take a placement test similar to the Music Theory IV final exam within the first week of classes. Performance majors may take it at the time of the audition.

Prospective students are invited to visit the music department to meet faculty, tour facilities, and ask questions. They may call the department office at 409-880-8144 to reach the department chair, the graduate adviser and professors in their areas of interest.

Graduate Adviser and Advisory Committees

The director of graduate music studies will serve as the general adviser for all graduate students in music. A committee of three graduate faculty members will serve in an advisory capacity and administer the final oral examination. The student will select his or her own committee, in consultation with the graduate adviser. For students on the Performance track, the oral examination committee will also be the recital committee. For students on the Music Education track with thesis option, the oral examination committee will also be the thesis committee.