Degree Programs

NMSU’s distance education degree programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means. NMSU offers Bachelor degree completion programs, Masters and Doctorate programs, and a number of Graduate Certificate and K-12 NM educator licensure and endorsement programs.

Please contact the listed distance education director for your degree program.


Master of Music: Music Education Track

College: Arts and Sciences

Program Category: Online

Description: The Master of Music: Music Education(track) degree is designed for those individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree in Music Education and who are currently teaching and wish to earn a Masters Degree in the same discipline. This will help continue the development of teaching strategies, learning techniques, classroom management, and other current trends and practices. All accomplished without having to take a leave of absence from their current teaching position.

Note: The degree offered is a Master of Music. The student's official transcript and diploma will only indicate that degree. The area of study (Conducting, Music Education, Performance) will not be included as part of the official degree title.

Delivery method: 100% online


  • Research Methods: 3 credits
  • Music Education: 9 credits
  • Music Theory: 6 credits
  • Music History: 6 credits
  • Written Project (MUS 598): 4 credits; or an optional formal thesis project (MUS 599): 6 credits
  • Approved Electives: 3 credits
  • Total Required Credits: 31 credits (or 33 credits with the optional thesis project)

Costs: Current main campus tuition and fees plus a $35 per credit hour distance education fee. See the University Accounts Receivable Tuitions and Fees for the current rate.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Music Education Degree

To apply: Apply for admission to the graduate school at NMSU and be approved by the Department of Music.

Accreditation: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
HLC website
HLC phone: 800-621-7440

Specialized Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Music

More info: Department of Music

Disabilities: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in a course, or if you require accommodations in order to take a distance education course, contact NMSU's Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Providing accommodations for distance education students sometimes requires more time than in a traditional classroom setting so students are encouraged to begin working with SAS as early as possible.

Updated: 2016-09-26