Master of Arts in Music Education (Online Program)

The Online Master of Arts in Music Education is offered for those whose circumstances preclude the more traditional campus residency route.

Course Requirements

Curriculum for the MA in Music Education

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Tentative Online Course Schedule

Summer Semester 2014 (summer course dates may vary)

Fall Semester 2014

Spring Semester 2015

Summer Semester 2015

Fall Semester 2015

Spring Semester 2016

Summer Semester 2016

Fall Semester 2016

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Computer Needs

Windows – Minimum System

Macintosh – Minimum System

Required Software

Each of these software packages come in versions for either Macintosh or Windows. They can also share documents between these two computer platforms.

  1. 1. Word Processing software (e.g. Microsoft Word® - version 2004 or higher (discount for educators from; or Apple Pages)
  2. 2. Recently updated (within past 90 days) Web Browser: Firefox, or Google Chrome strongly recommended. Some content will not be viewable in other browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer, Safari)
  3. PDF reader: Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download from, or Apple Preview
  4. Updated Shockwave & Flashplayer plug-ins for browser (free download from Apple computer users should upgrade from via "software updates" in your Finder menu.
  5. Quicktime 5. Quicktime video player (for audio and video). (free download from

Internet Connection

High speed, reliable internet access is required (cable modem, DSL, T1, etc..). Please note: course materials may not be available on some mobile devices (phones, tablets) or via slower, wi-fi internet connections.

Backup System

All online music students are required to have a designated “backup” computer site prepared in case they experience hardware problems at their primary study location. Computer malfunctions are not accepted as excuses for late or missing assignments. (Libraries, “Kinko’s,” school, neighbor, relatives, etc.. )

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Registration and Costs

Costs as of Fall 2012 (** online students are charged in-state/resident tuition)

Courses numbered 0–499

Courses numbered 500+

Approximate total costs for this degree are: $13,500.00 (as of Fall, 2012)

Complete registration information

See the list of Tuition and Fees

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Examinations for Online Graduate Music Students

Course examinations

Quizzes and exams for individual courses will be managed within each course website.

Master of Arts Degree Diagnostic Examinations

All students are required to pass entrance examinations in music theory, sight-singing/aural skills and music history. These exams are given three (3) times per year: August, January, and April. Students have three attempts to pass these examinations. All diagnostic examinations must be completed under the supervision of an approved proctor. Please contact the Music Graduate Chair to arrange for approval of your site and proctor. The proctor will receive the exams one or more days before the exam date; verify your identity; administer the exam, and then mail the exams to the University of Hawaii in envelopes provided. Should you fail any portion of the exams, you will need to arrange subsequent remote administrations after an approved period of time and/or enroll in remedial coursework. At the present time, we are only able to offer a remedial online course in music history.

Complete diagnostic exam information

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