Master of Music: Jazz Studies Online

Master of Music: Jazz Studies Online

Master of Music: Jazz Studies Online

The Master of Music: Jazz Studies Online program provides intensive experiences in jazz performance, composition, jazz arranging, style analysis, jazz history, and in exploring the constructional techniques for composition and improvisation. This program is for the aspiring musician who wishes to be successful as a jazz musician, performer, composer, and instructor. Graduates of Rowan’s Master of Music programs have gone on to major doctoral programs, performing careers, arts leadership positions, and careers as college professors and public school teachers. Rowan’s online programs are extremely popular due to the convenience of their flexible manner of instruction.



The Master of Music: Jazz Studies Online is a part-time program offered in an accelerated format. This degree requires the completion of 32 graduate semester hours or 11 courses. Each course is scheduled in 8 week modules with each week of work starting every Tuesday at 8:00a.m. and ending every Monday at 11:59p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).


The following courses make up the Master of Music: Jazz Studies Online program.

  • Required Courses: 18 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Concentration Courses - Group A: 12 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Concentration Courses - Group B: 2 semester hours (s.h.)
    • Concentration Courses Group B are waived for active military personnel.
Required Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
MUS 04540 Jazz Arranging 3
MUS 05503 Jazz Composition 3
MUS 05500 Analyzing Jazz Structures A 1
MUS 05501 Analyzing Jazz Structures B 1
MUS 05502 Analyzing Jazz Structures C 1
MUS 40315 Music Entrepreneurship 3
MUSG 06503 Jazz History 3
MUSG 05547 Music and the Related Arts 3
Concentration Courses: Group A
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
MUS 10509 Graduate Applied Instrument I 4
MUS 10510 Graduate Applied Instrument II 4
MUS 10511 Graduate Applied Instrument III 4
Concentration Courses: Group B
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
MUS 10541-10544 Graduate Ensemble: Jazz Band 1
MUS 10545-10548 Graduate Ensemble: Lab Band 1
Total Program Semester Hours: 32

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Two letters of recommendation

    • Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information, which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree
  • Contact Rachel Michel for information or to submit audition

    • Applicants should submit their video audition two weeks in advance of the deadline

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Master of Music: Jazz Studies Online program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall - Module 1 September 1 July 1
Spring - Module 3 January 19 November 1