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Sharon Paranto, Director

or Tammy Griffith, Program Assistant 


Spafford Hall 204A
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Phone: 605-626-2558
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Master of Music Education FAQs
Q: How are the courses and content delivered?
The Master of Music in music education program uses a hybrid format that combines an online format with one-on-one instruction for one week each summer. During the fall and spring terms, you don't attend lectures; you attend courses at your convenience from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Online courses are delivered under the direction of experienced faculty and staff. Innovative education technology allows you to receive course assignments, ask questions of faculty and other students and participate in discussions at any time of the day or night.
Q: Will my diploma specify that this is an "online" degree?
No. You will receive the same Northern State University degree as our on-campus students.
Q: How will the degree be listed on my diploma?
The specific major is not printed on the diploma; however, it is documented on your final transcript.
Q: How much does the program cost?
For the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and fees, please see the tuition and fees page or contact the Graduate Studies Office.
Q: How challenging is an online degree at Northern State University?
Our online program is just as rigorous and challenging as traditional on-campus classes. Your hard work will be rewarded with a degree that is highly regarded and functional, and you'll be primed for a rewarding career in music education.
Q: How much time per week is required to complete the program?
Most students spend between 15 and 20 hours per week studying. Ideal times to study are in the morning before your family wakes up, during spare time at the office, or in the evening. The program is designed for working professionals who cannot afford to waste time driving to and from class each day in addition to upholding personal and professional commitments. Your dedicated support team in addition to your peers will help keep you on track with regards to time management.
Q: What is the typical class size in an NSU online program?
You'll study with about 15 to 20 other students. This small class size allows you to get to know your fellow students and form professional and personal friendships.
Q: How long is the program?
Because courses are offered in sequence every other year, you can complete the program in 22-24 months as long as you follow the recommended curriculum schedule.
Q: When can I start?
Start the program at the beginning of any fall, spring or summer term. We will be happy to explain the benefits of various start dates and help you select the timing that works best for your schedule.
Q: How do I apply for the program?
For more information or to apply, contact the Graduate Studies Office.