School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041

A man conducting a music group in a studio.

Graduate Programs

Oakland University offers a range of graduate degree and certificate programs in music through the doctoral level. These programs provide opportunities to work closely with our faculty and grow as conductors, performers, researchers, and teachers.

Graduate Admissions
Applications to graduate degree and certificate programs are made to Oakland University Graduate Admissions. There are links to the specific admissions pages with each of the descriptions below.


Graduate Assistantships are available for students in the MM and Ph.D. programs. These assistantships provide stipends and pay for credits. For more information about assistantships in performance, contact Professor George Stoffan. For more information about assistantships in music education, contact Professor Deborah VanderLinde. Applications for Graduate Assistantship for Master of Music students are due by March 1 and applications for Ph.D. in Music Education students are due by February 1. Request an Assistantship Application.

An audition is required for those applying to conducting, pedagogy and performance programs. Some auditions are held on departmental audition days while others are scheduled with the appropriate faculty.  You may begin the audition scheduling process at the following link:

Writing Sample

Applicants to the MM in Music Education must provide a writing sample. The writing sample may be an academic paper written in an undergraduate or graduate course or a one-page discussion of an issue in music education. Submit the writing sample to Professor Deborah VanderLinde.

Graduate Theory and History Assessment
All master's-level graduate students must take theory and music history assessments (exception: music education graduate students do not need to take the music history assessment). Students with graduate assistantships must take both assessments at the beginning of the first semester of study. Please see the following for upcoming assessment administration dates and study guides for both assessments:

Master of Music Program
The Master of Music (MM) offers majors in conducting, education, pedagogy and performance. Each major within the MM is a 32-credit program that includes a shared core, courses required for the major, and electives. For more information on the Master of Music in Education, contact Professor Deborah VanderLinde. For all other Master of Music programs, contact Professor George Stoffan.


Please contact the major teacher in your area of interest for more specific questions about the coursework and degree.

  • Conducting - The Master of Music in conducting is a 32-credit program designed to meet the needs of music teachers and other music professionals who are interested in developing high-level skills and understanding in instrumental and/or choral conducting.
    Conducting admissions and degree information

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education
The Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree program is designed to develop individuals who can provide leadership for music education practice as teacher educators, curriculum leaders, and researchers. Core concepts in the program include constructivism, cultural psychology, and social democracy in music learning and teaching. For more information, contact Professor Deborah VanderLinde.
Ph. D. in Music Education admissions and degree information

For more information about Professional Development, the Master of Music and Graduate Certificates, please contact Professor George Stoffan or call (248) 370-2038.

For more information about the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education, please contact Deborah VanderLinde.

Summer 2022 Graduate Music Study
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