Master of Music: Jazz Studies

Master of Music: Jazz Studies

Master of Music: Jazz Studies

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 degree at Rowan University is designed to be 4 semesters long but can be completed in 2 or 3 semesters depending on number of hours taken/semester and the course rotation schedule.



  • Music Theory and Music History placement exams the first week of classes (not admission bearing)
  • Total semester hours required for program completion: 32 s.h
  • Culminating Experience (Recital): a recital jury is only required under special circumstances
  • Oral Comprehensive Exam
  • Thesis Requirement: none

The Master of Music Performance offers the following focus areas: Guitar, Keyboard, Orchestral Instruments, and Vocal. The number of credits required to complete this program depends on the chosen focus area.


The following courses make up the Master of Music: Jazz Studies 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.)
Required Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
MUS 04540 Jazz Arranging 3
MUS 04542 Jazz Composition 3
MUS 04543 Analyzing Jazz Structures A 1
MUS 04544 Analyzing Jazz Structures B 1
MUS 04545 Analyzing Jazz Structures C 1
MUS 04546 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

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 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 September 1 July 1
Spring January 19 November 1