2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Music Degrees

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

These schools represent the least expensive options for obtaining an online master's degree in music. In first place, Fort Hays State University is the most affordable school, with a tuition rate of $4,316. Second-ranked University of New Mexico is a similarly affordable option, with an annual tuition of only $4,583. Courses for UNM's online Master of Music include Music Education and Diversity, Music Literature and Analysis, Philosophy of Music Education, and Technology for Music Education. Each school on this list offers a tuition rate under $7,000 per year.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our rankings of the most affordable online bachelor's in music degrees. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Fort Hays State University $4,316
# 2 #2 University of New Mexico $4,583
# 3 #3 The Baptist College of Florida $5,400
# 4 #4 University of Valley Forge $5,610
# 5 #5 Western Illinois University $5,776
# 6 #6 William Carey University $6,000
# 7 #7 Stephen F. Austin State University $6,060
# 8 #8 Southern Utah University $6,203
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $4,316
Annual Tuition: $4,316
Annual Tuition: $4,316
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,608
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,404
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000

Example Classes: Composition IV, Hypermedia/Hypertext Applications, Principles of Research

#2
#2

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque (NM)
Annual Tuition: $4,583
Annual Tuition: $4,583
Annual Tuition: $4,583
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1270
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,761
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 383
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (505) 277-0111

Example Classes: Graduate Aural Skills Boot Camp, Music Education and Diversity, Music Literature and Analysis, Music Through the Masters, Philosophy of Music Education, Technology for Music Education

#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $5,400
Annual Tuition: $5,400
Annual Tuition: $5,400
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 830 -870
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 191
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 17
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (850) 263-3261

Example Classes: Advanced Conducting, History of Christian Music and Worship, Music and Worship Ministry Administration, Sound and Recording for Worship, The Large-Scale Production, Vocal Pedagogy for the Church

#4
#4

University of Valley Forge

Phoenixville (PA)
Annual Tuition: $5,610
Annual Tuition: $5,610
Annual Tuition: $5,610
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 103
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 39
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (610) 935-0450

Example Classes: Advanced Chromatic Harmony, Analysis of Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Applied Music Instruction, History of Jazz

#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $5,776
Annual Tuition: $5,776
Annual Tuition: $5,776
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 542
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 417
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (309) 295-1414

Example Classes: Choral Conducting, History and Philosophy of Music Education, Instrumental Jazz Pedagogy, Music for the Learner with Exceptionalities, Music in the Baroque Period, Music of the Romantic Era

#6
#6

William Carey University

Hattiesburg (MS)
Annual Tuition: $6,000
Annual Tuition: $6,000
Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 262
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 808
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (601) 318-6051

Example Classes: Advanced Woodwing Techniques, Band Literature, Choral Rehearsal Techniques, Instrumental Music in the High School, Music and the Exceptional Child, Research and Writing in Church Music

#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • Online Degrees: 14
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,048
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 729
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (936) 468-2011

Example Classes: Music in America, Music of the Baroque Era, Music of the Romantic Era, Post-Tonal Analysis, Schenkerian Theory, Stylistic Analysis

#8
#8

Southern Utah University

Cedar City (UT)
Annual Tuition: $6,203
Annual Tuition: $6,203
Annual Tuition: $6,203
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 39%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 459
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 414
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (435) 586-7700

Example Classes: Audio for Interactive Entertainment, Audio/Video Post-Production, Electronic Sequencing/Score for Picture, Live Sound/Concert Production II, MIDI Orchestration, Popular Music History/Theory