Admission Requirements for
ACM Masters in Music Education (MME)


If you’re ready to earn your next degree, the American College of Music has an affordable online program designed

for working educators to help you meet your career goals. Please take a look at the admissions requirements below.



  1. The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US Department of Education agency.

  2. Candidates with no undergraduate music education courses will also be considered. However, individuals in this category must have coursework in music education or a passing score in the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) or its equivalent.

  3. 3.0 cumulative GPA in an undergraduate study (and 3.0 GPA in undergraduate music theory, earning training, and music history courses). Students with a GPA below 3.0 can still be provisionally admitted on a case-by-case basis.

  4. At least two years of professional music teaching experience or equivalent (see Prior Experiential Learning Credit).

  5. No GRE score is required for admission.

  6. ACM does not accept Ability-to-Learn Students

  7. All applicants must show proof of US citizenship/permanent residency and live in the US.

  8. ACM does not admit students from other countries or provide visa services.

Submittals (can be uploaded via the online application)

  1. Online Graduate Admission Application (see ACM Online Application)

  2. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (unofficial transcripts can be used for admission if official transcripts are not available).

  3. All hard copy transcripts can be uploaded on the Online Application, sent to the following email address:[email protected], or mailed to:

Graduate Admissions & Academic Programs

4742 N 24th Street,
Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Submittals should also include the following:

  1. Three letters of recommendation

  2. Philosophy of Education (max 500 words)

  3. Updated Resume/CV

  4. Biography with photo (optional)

  5. $45.00 Application Fee (submitted at the end of the online application process)

    (application fee is waived for all active duty, reserved, or veteran military)

Academic Portfolio

The academic portfolio includes a minimum 4-5 page scholarly writing sample and other materials that provide evidence of the applicant’s knowledge and skill as a music educator.

Writing samples may include (choose one of the following):

  • A music-related undergraduate assignment

  • A statement of your philosophy regarding music education

  • A reflective narrative on some aspects of music education

  • A published article on a music-related topic

Supplementary materials may include any of the following:

  • Video recordings of rehearsals or classes

  • Video recordings of ensemble performances prepared and conducted by the applicant lesson or unit plans.

  • Sample assessments used with students

  • Original compositions or arrangements created for students

  • Student work samples

  • Other items that the applicant feels adequately display their knowledge and skill

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the administration for questions about admissions:(888) 319-1776 –[email protected]