Master of Arts in Music Education, Online

Important Notice
Applications for full graduate admission to the M.A. programs in music education are currently limited to those who are able to attend courses on UH Mānoa campus. Remote students may still register for online classes through the University of Hawaii Outreach College.

The course requirements for the online MA in Music Education are identical to the MA in Music Education outlined here.

The online program’s faculty is the same as the on-campus faculty. Learn more about them here.

Windows – Minimum System

  • Any well-known, IBM-compatible Intel computer (Dell, Gateway, HP, IBM)
  • OS: Windows 7 or higher
  • 512 mb RAM (memory)
  • 10 gb of free hardware space
  • 1024 × 768 monitor with a 16-bit or greater video card (24-bit preferred)
  • graphic card (Nvidia GeForce 6600 or higher; or ATI Radeon 8500 or higher)
  • Printer
  • Sound card/speakers
  • Computer camera; headset microphone

Macintosh – Minimum System

  • Any iMac, mac mini, Macbook air, or MacBook less than 3 years old
  • Mac OS 10.6 or higher
  • 1.5 ghz processor or higher
  • 10 gb of free hardware space
  • 1024 × 768 monitor with a 16-bit or greater video card (24-bit preferred)
  • graphic card (Nvidia GeForce 6600 or higher; or–ATI Radeon 8500 or higher)
  • Printer
  • Sound card/speakers
  • Computer camera; headset microphone

Required Software
Each of these software packages come in versions for either Macintosh or Windows. They can also share documents between these two computer platforms.

  1. Word Processing software (e.g. Microsoft Word® – version 2004 or higher, discount for educators; or Apple Pages)
  2. Recently updated (within past 90 days) Web Browser: Firefox, or Google Chrome strongly recommended. Some content will not be viewable in other browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer, Safari)
  3. PDF reader: Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download from, or Apple Preview
  4. Updated Shockwave & Flashplayer plug-ins for browser (free download from Apple computer users should upgrade from via “software updates” in your Finder menu.
  5. Quicktime 5. Quicktime video player (for audio and video). (free download from

Internet Connection
High speed, reliable internet access is required (cable modem, DSL, T1, etc.). Please note: course materials may not be available on some mobile devices (phones, tablets) or via slower, wi-fi internet connections.

Backup System
All online music students are required to have a designated backup computer site prepared in case they experience hardware problems at their primary study location. Computer malfunctions are not accepted as excuses for late or missing assignments. (Libraries, FedEx Kinko’s, school, neighbor, relatives, etc.. )

Costs as of Fall 2012 (** online students are charged in-state/resident tuition)

Courses numbered 0–499

  • Resident tuition: $361/credit
  • +$5 technology fee per course

Courses numbered 500+

  • Resident tuition: $483/credit
  • +$5 technology fee per course

Approximate total costs for this degree are: $13,500 (as of Fall, 2012)

Complete registration information

See the list of Tuition and Fees

Course examinations
Quizzes and exams for individual courses will be managed within each course website.

Master of Arts Degree Diagnostic Examinations
All students are required to pass entrance examinations in music theory, sight-singing/aural skills and music history. These exams are given three (3) times per year: August, January, and April. Students have three attempts to pass these examinations. All diagnostic examinations must be completed under the supervision of an approved proctor. Please contact the Music Graduate Chair to arrange for approval of your site and proctor. The proctor will receive the exams one or more days before the exam date; verify your identity; administer the exam, and then mail the exams to the University of Hawaii in envelopes provided. Should you fail any portion of the exams, you will need to arrange subsequent remote administrations after an approved period of time and/or enroll in remedial coursework. At the present time, we are only able to offer a remedial online course in music history.

Complete diagnostic exam information.