Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Music; Arts
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Music Bachelor’s Degree Program

Four-year degree; Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts in music offers a diverse program of study to prepare you for a variety of careers in music. You complete the bachelor’s program, including the internship, recital, or senior project, as a single major in four years, and choose elective courses in your area of career interest, such as communications, recording technology, computer science, or business.

At the University of Mary, you will have opportunities to participate in large ensembles as well as chamber groups, community ensembles, Broadway musicals, and special events, such as the renowned University of Mary Jazz Festival. In addition to performances on our Bismarck, North Dakota campus, ensembles tour regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Music Degree Program Highlights

The University of Mary Bachelor of Arts degree in music integrates a challenging curriculum, practical experience, and professional training in music. Infused with Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values, the music department prepares you to:

  • Perform with artistic competence and assess your own performance for purposes of continued development
  • Conduct musical groups with attention to artistic concerns
  • Know the field of music study, use its technical vocabulary and common approaches, and describe current issues and significant artistic works
  • Work effectively with and demonstrate respect for others
  • Contribute to civic, cultural, and professional communities

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree program includes the core curriculum, additional coursework in a second language or philosophy/theology (see curriculum guide), courses in sight singing, music theory, piano, music history, and conducting, ensembles and private lessons, and a final project or internship in your area of interest.

Required Courses

  • Six semesters of major performance ensemble (primary area)
  • Piano proficiency- level two
  • Six semesters of perform lab
  • Six semesters of applied music (primary area)
  • Elective music courses to total 45 credits in MUS (at least 14 upper division)
  • Proficiency in a second language through the completion of 12 semester credits (or its equivalent)
  • Fifteen semester credits of Philosophy/Theology with three (3) semester credits at the 300-400 level.
  • Two semesters of class or applied piano


20 credits including MUS 121, 123, 151, 341 or 342; four semesters of performance lab; four semesters of applied music in one primary performance area; four semesters of one major performance ensemble in primary performance area; music electives (see curriculum guide).

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application to the Music Department takes place in the first semester of the sophomore year, or during the first fall semester for transfer students.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.

You may audition for music scholarships which can be stacked with most academic scholarships. If you live more than 250 miles from campus, you may submit a video recording, or audition during your campus visit. The deadline for priority consideration for scholarships is February 20, although applications are welcome at any time. For more information please contact the Music Department or University of Mary Admissions at (800) 288-6279.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Program Advisor: Dr. Lucas Bernier - [email protected]

To learn more about the Bachelor of Music program, please contact the Music Department or University of Mary Admissions at (800) 288-6279.

If you are considering a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate music programs offered at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota:

The music bachelor’s degree program is also ideal to combine with another major. Popular double majors with music include: