Who is the master’s in conducting program designed for?

Messiah College designed its Master of Music in conducting program to fit the goals and needs of a variety of different students including:

  • Those who have graduated from an accredited undergraduate institution with a degree in music;
  • Current professional teachers, who wish to obtain a master’s degree to further their studies, refine their teaching skills and enhance their effectiveness as musicians, teachers and conductors;  
  • Teachers who wish to acquire Act 48 credits without pursuing a graduate degree; Act 48 credit can be given for any college class whether or not it is part of a degree program.
  • Those who already have a post-baccalaureate degree but want to acquire specific skills in certain areas of pedagogy without pursuing an additional graduate degree.

How do I determine which track is best for me?
Students in our program can pursue three specialized tracks:  wind conducting, orchestral conducting, or choral conducting―designed to meet the needs of educators from different areas within the teaching profession. If you are a pursuing a master’s degree, you should choose the track which best fits your professional situation and career goals. If you are taking graduate courses for enrichment purposes (and not towards a degree), you may elect to take a mixture of classes that best suits your needs and preferences. 

How/when will I be notified of my acceptance into the program?
Once your file is complete, your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The graduate program coordinator in conducting, Dr. Bradley Genevro, will contact you personally regarding your acceptance and/or any other issues surrounding the application process. The processing of applications typically requires between two–four weeks. 

What is the cost of the program?
Please visit our tuition page for more details.

Is financial aid available for graduate students at Messiah College?
Yes; in addition to the deferred billing for employer reimbursement option, there are other financial aid options available. Visit our financial aid page for more details.

How long does it take to complete the program? 
Typically, students complete the M.M. in conducting degree program in about two years; other students may take longer depending on their individual situation. The College has developed the program with a maximum six-year completion timeframe. However, it is possible to file for an extension in light of extenuating circumstances.

In consultation with your academic advisor, you will develop a degree plan which will outline a sequence of study for your degree. Messiah’s graduate program was designed specifically to help make it accessible to those who have full-time employment and family responsibilities. The degree plan you develop with your advisor will help you set goals for completion, but can be altered at any time to fit your changing needs.

May I transfer course credits into Messiah’s graduate program?
Yes.  Read our transfer credit policy to learn more.

Who teaches Messiah’s graduate courses in conducting?
All of our courses, whether online or in the classroom, are taught by experienced faculty from Messiah College’s Department of Music. Visit our faculty profile page to learn more about the individual professors who teach in the conducting program.

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What our students have to say

Conducting graduates share how Messiah’s program 
helped them to be better music educators

Did you know?

Messiah College has the largest NASM-accredited Master of Music in conducting program in the United States and the only accredited online Master of Music in conducting program in Pennsylvania.