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Music, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Shepherdstown, WV, United States
The Department of Music at Shepherd University strives to inspire student growth creatively, artistically, and professionally by providing a climate conducive to the development of the comprehensive musician. This is achieved through a highly personalized and student-centered approach for the development of a unified core of musical experiences. 


Toward this end, the program is designed:

  • To develop performance and/or compositional skills exhibiting artistic integrity and competence;
  • To foster music ensembles which demonstrate the highest standards in artistic excellence;
  • To foster student inquiry, interaction, and self-discovery;
  • To provide a strong foundation for future graduate music study;
  • To train students seeking public school music careers according to approved standards of teacher education;
  • To develop student capacity to communicate music and its role in society to others;
  • To develop artistic sense of the general student in terms of musical understanding, appreciation, and perception;
  • To provide avocational opportunities for interested students through participation in various music ensembles and other music activities; and
  • To enhance the image of the School of the Arts and Humanities, the Department of Music, and the University by serving as a hub of artistic activity for the community.


Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • First-Year Seminar
  • Tier Two Theory I 
  • Aural Skills I
  • Applied Lesson 1 
  • Major Ensemble

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Complete the application for admission.
  • Submit the $45 application fee or an approved application fee waiver.
  • Send an official high school transcript or GED to Shepherd.
  • Send your SAT or ACT scores.
  • It is recommended that you submit a personal statement with your application. Personal statements can be typed into the online application, mailed, or emailed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18048 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18048 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7548 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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