Program Structure


VanderCook offers the master of music education degree for candidates who are experienced and certified music teachers.  The MMEd degree offers a practical curriculum, driven by the career goals of the candidates.

The summers-only format is structured to serve the music teacher in the field.  The convenient six-week sessions are scheduled to begin in mid-June and end in late July.  Music educators are able to pursue an advanced degree or earn additional credit hours without taking a leave of absence from teaching.

Degree and Declaration of Track

Course requirements for the graduate degree tracks are outlined in the Master of Music Education Course of Study section.


The master's degree is conferred on candidates completing 36 semester hours of credit.  Normally, most or all work is completed over the course of several summers.  Each summer graduate session consists of a maximum of six weeks of classes.

Exit Requirements

  1. All candidates must complete a Master's Project, Lecture/Recital, or a Lecture/Demonstration to graduate.  Candidates are assigned to an advisor by the master's project chairperson.  Candidate works are published in the annual Master's Project Collection.
  2. All graduate candidates have the choice of completing a Professional Teaching Portfolio or taking the Written Comprehensive Examination.

Degree Completion

Candidates are expected to finish the program within seven years of initial registration.

Graduate Credit

A master's degree candidate must complete 36 credit hours (a credit hour equaling a minimum of 15 50-minute academic hours or Carnegie Units) with a minumum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and no more than 20% of all credits below a B level.


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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