In addition to the specific degree programs, students find enrichment through concerts, recitals, workshops, and master classes by visiting performers and scholars and the department's full-time and part-time faculty. The University of West Georgia is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Students at West Georgia, regardless of their major, participate in a wide range of music performance activities for university credit. University ensembles include the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Opera Workshop, Symphony Band, Chamber Winds, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Keyboard Ensemble, and various small ensembles. Private study is offered in piano, organ, voice, guitar, and the wind, brass, and percussion instruments.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program brochure is available for download in the Courses tab below.

This program is designed for those students who wish to pursue a professional performance career, pursue graduate study and seek teaching positions in higher education, or establish private studios.

Career Opportunities

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Program Location

Carrollton Campus

Method of Delivery

Face to Face


The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Credit and transfer

Total semester hours required:

This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

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UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.


  • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
  • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
  • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
  • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
  • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
  • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
  • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website

There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

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Guidelines for Admittance

Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

To be considered for a major or minor in Music, the prospective student must successfully complete an audition for the Department of Music. Audition dates, requirements, and more can be found at

Admission Process Checklist

  1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
  2. Review important deadlines:
    • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
    • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
    • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
      See program specific calendars here
  3. Complete online application
    Undergraduate Admissions Guide

    Undergraduate Application

    Undergraduate International Application

  4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
  5. Submit official documents

    Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

    Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
    University of West Georgia
    1601 Maple Street
    Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
  6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
  7. Check the status of your application

Specific dates for admissions (Undergraduates Only), go to: UWG Admission Deadlines

Students will demonstrate that they:

A. Are adept writers in command of standard written English and of options for effectively presenting ideas and evidence.
  1. The student should be able to use and respond to complex structures of discursive prose.
  2. The student should demonstrate fluency in a grammatically accurate and rhetorically engaging style of writing.
  3. The student should conceive, arrange, and articulate ideas logically and clearly.
B. Are familiar with the characteristics and development of the major literary genres.
  1. The student should be able to identify the formal elements of fiction, poetry, and drama.
  2. The student should have a broad understanding of how these genres changed and evolved over time.
C. Are conversant with the content and defining traits of representative literary periods.
  1. The student should be acquainted with the most influential British and American writers and their major works.
  2. The student should be able to enumerate seminal features of the periods comprising Anglo-American literary history.
D. Are aware of prevailing theories, approaches, and practices related to the study of literature and language.
  1. The student should demonstrate knowledge of the practice of literary criticism, both procedurally and substantively, in analyzing literary works.
  2. The student should be able to differentiate such critical methodologies as are employed by formalist, psychoanalytic, archetypal, and poststructuralist readers.
E. Are capable of critical thinking that takes into account the variety of human experience and significant differences among cultural value systems.
  1. The student should understand how culture is a variable matrix in the production of literary texts.
  2. The student should be able to recognize how literature inscribes and often challenges cultural ideologies and myths.
  3. 3. The student should be acquainted with the contributions of writers outside the British and American canons.
F. Can convincingly analyze, interpret, and explicate literary texts in light of pertinent critical assumptions.
  1. The student should be capable of conducting independent research on a literary topic.
  2. The student should be able to synthesize the results of such research in a correctly documented paper written in accordance with current professional standards.
G. Can relate the facts and ideas of the discipline to other fields and explore their correspondence, particularly within the context of Western intellectual history.
  1. The student should be acquainted with the relationships between literature and other expressions of culture, such as art, music, philosophy, and religion.
  2. The student should understand the points of congruence and complementarity between literature and other disciplines within the humanities and sciences.