Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Music Education

Professional Development on Your Terms

Your experience in the classroom and advanced education has served you and your students well over the years. But keeping up with new technologies, policies, methods, and theories is tough, especially when it means commuting or even moving to a college campus far away from home. Since you already have a master’s degree, advancing your career and compensation with a doctoral degree would be great, but that kind of commitment is just not possible for everyone.

Now, there is a new alternative—the online Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Music Education, a 32-credit program that will enhance your technological skills and revitalize your practice with new methods based on the latest theory—all without leaving your community or the job you love.

To enter the CAGS program, students must hold a master’s degree in music education or the equivalent (our manager of online admissions can help you figure this out). Most students should be able to complete the CAGS in 18 to 24 months.

The CAGS is not a pathway to the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education at Boston University; it is a terminal certificate from our institution.

A Firm Foundation With a Sharp Focus

Students will complete several foundational courses in music education, which will cover historical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological aspects of the field. Students will then select the remaining courses depending on which area(s) they wish to strengthen in their practice, including music technology, policy, or research. Students may select courses that fall within a combination of areas.

Join us. Let’s get started.

“We believe that having a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Music Education will be an outstanding credential for teachers seeking promotion and leadership opportunities in the field of music education.”

–Professor Emeritus William G. McManus, EdD

Awards & Accreditations

NASM Accredited: Boston University holds accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with 615 accredited institutional members.

Why Choose BU’s CAGS in Music Education?

  • Enhance your technological skills.
  • Prepare for increased leadership roles.
  • Revitalize your practice.
  • Earn increased compensation.
  • Learn research skills for publication.



Boston University  offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the Tuition & Fees page.


Students complete at least eight courses (32 credits): 8 credits of music education and 24 credits of approved electives. Courses run in seven-week intensives where students take one course at a time. Students typically complete two courses per semester and can complete the program in 18–24 months.

Attention Arkansas Residents, please note: Enrollment in the MM in Music Education program offered by Boston University does not lead to public school (P–12) teacher licensure or a subject field endorsement (for public P–12 schools) in Arkansas.

Summer Session

Some online CAGS in Music Education students take advantage of our summer session, completing coursework on campus while enjoying Boston’s cultural offerings and summer sea breezes. Residence hall accommodations are usually available. More information including session dates, optional on-campus residence hall availability, financial aid, and tuition rates is communicated to students during the academic year.

Getting Started

Students should hold a master’s degree in music education or the equivalent from an accredited institution. Please complete our inquiry form to receive more information. For assistance with your application or to ask questions, please contact our admissions team at 1-855-884-5636, email cfaapply@bu.edu, or visit the CFA program website.