Welcome Music Graduate

The David L. Walters Department of Music at Jacksonville State University seeks to provide professional training and promote scholarship among students in the discipline of music.  Course offerings lead to the Master of Arts in Music with either a Music Education or General Music Concentration.  Students choose between an instrumental or vocal/choral program of study, and engage in activities that nourish both broad and specific educational needs. With a flexible course schedule that provides both evening and summer classes, the JSU Music Department makes a commitment to serve the regional educational community, and helps foster and preserve a high level of musical instruction.  A fully-accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the music department offers graduate instruction by highly-qualified faculty members with significant professional experience.  Small classes and many opportunities for one-on-one instruction create a comfortable and stimulating educational environment.
We invite you to schedule a visit to campus or contact us with any questions, and look forward to helping you further your career in music.

Master of Arts in Music

The graduate music programs at Jacksonville State University are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

* Fulfills the requirements for the professional certificate to teach music in Alabama public schools on both the elementary and secondary levels.
** Requires a non-music minor.

GRADUATE TIMELINE (Important Information):

1. Complete the Graduate Application for Admission.

2. Complete the Graduate Application for Music Study.

3. Submit the Graduate Application for Assistantships, if desired – due February 1st for Fall Semester.

4. Take the Graduate Music Diagnostic Exam – Fall Semester.

  • Saturday, August 21, 2021 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Location TBA

5. Take the Graduate Music Diagnostic Exam – Spring Semester.

  • Saturday, January 15, 2022 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Location TBA 
6. Schedule an Appointment with your:
  • Graduate Music Studies Advisor for Advisement before registering for classes ( Dr. Jeremy Benson – jLBenson@jsu.edu).  
  • Develop a Graduate Course of Study with the graduate music studies advisor during the first semester.

7. Complete Graduate Application for Comprehensive Exam/Degree.


8. Submit Final Semester Plan after the completion of 26 credit hours.

    • October 1 for Fall Graduation
    • February 1 for Spring Graduation
    • June 1 for Summer Graduation

9. Take Written Comprehensive Exam – 10th week of semester.
     Fall: Wed., October 27, 2021 and Fri., October 29, 2021; 
     Spring: Wed., March 16, 2022 and Fri., March 18, 2022

  • PART I Music Theory and Music History: Wednesday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • PART II Education and Research Methods, Music History and/or Area of Specialization: Friday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

10. Take Oral Comprehensive Exam – week before final week of classes, schedule with Candidate’s Committee.
      Fall: Week of November 15, 2021;  Spring: Week of April 11, 2022