Programs of Study

The Jackson State University Department of Music offers students the opportunity to study with gifted, nationally and internationally recognized faculty while pursuing their undergraduate or graduate music degrees.

The Department of Music offers the following degree:

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Technology
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
  • Master of Music Education


Undergraduate students may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Music Degree in a specialized area. Students choosing a career path in the Bachelor of Music Degree may specialize in one of the areas of emphasis: music education, music performance, jazz studies, or music technology.


Note: due to the interruptions in testing opportunities caused by COVID-19, the requirement for GRE test scores for admission to graduate degrees in Music Education,  has been temporarily suspended.

The Master of Music in Music Education degree is designed for the teacher who desires to continue developing musicianship skills, develop deeper into the foundations of music education, and focus on areas of teaching. In addition to foundational graduate courses, specific Music Education courses may be taken according to the student’s area of expertise and teaching. Completion of this degree program will give students the knowledge and skills necessary to become educational leaders in elementary or secondary schools or to continue study in leading doctoral programs throughout the country.

Master of Music Education Degree with emphases in • Elementary School Music Education • Secondary School Music Education (choral, instrumental, general) • Junior College Music Education (choral, instrumental, general) • Comprehensive Music Education (combined, integrated areas of study)  View Graduate Catalog

Admission requires a music degree and an audition. Diagnostic tests in music education, music theory, and history will help plan your first semesters of study.

For general information on the master’s degree, contact Dr. David Ware, or Dr. Ramon Jackson Graduate Coordinator in Music.