Jazz Studies, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see https://grs.uncg.edu/programs/.

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree in Music; in exceptional cases, a student with an undergraduate degree outside of music may be considered. 
  • For current degree-seeking students, at least one letter of recommendation must be from a Jazz faculty member at UNC Greensboro.

Information about applying to the School of Music is available at https://vpa.uncg.edu/music/apply/.

Certificate Program Requirements

Required: 12 credit hours

Required Courses (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from the following: 112
Principles of Jazz Theory
Jazz Pedagogy
Jazz Arranging I
Jazz Arranging II
Performance Studies (Secondary) 2
History of Jazz
Jazz Improvisation I
Advanced Jazz Improvisation
Chamber Music 3
Jazz Ensemble I 3
Jazz Ensemble II 3
Total Credit Hours12

Must be taken at UNC Greensboro, at least 6 credits at the 600-level; the coordinator of the Miles Davis Program in Jazz will advise the student in course selection.


May be repeated for 3 additional credits.


May be repeated up to three times.

Although not required, students are encouraged to audition for one of the jazz ensembles or jazz combos.

Exit Requirements

Completion of all course work with a grade of B or better is required. Degree-seeking students must include a member of the jazz faculty on their doctoral advisory committee or master’s comprehensive exam committee. Testing conditions will follow those outlined in the Handbook for Graduate Study in Music for the student’s degree program.

Graduate Music Handbook

Additional policies and regulations are found in the Graduate Music Handbook located at: vpa.uncg.edu/music/music-current-students/graduate/.