Master of Fine Arts in Recording Arts and Technologies

Program Director: Dr. Bob Wood
John Bragg Mass Communication Bldg, 208
Graduate Analyst: Mandy Pinkston
(615) 898-2843

The purpose of the Master of Fine Arts program is to prepare practitioners in the field of audio recording and production for advanced work in an integrated electronic media environment. Preparation for advanced professional practice requires that students achieve a strong grounding in audio production and related technologies and develop a common understanding of the theoretical concepts behind other disciplines such as video production, digital animation, music, and computer science. The program offers a strong technical component utilizing the latest advancements in software and hardware. The degree plan also offers preparation for graduates to teach at the post-secondary level in the field of audio recording and production.

The M.F.A. degree is a 60-hour, six-semester program as outlined below including 30 hours of required courses, 18 hours of guided electives, plus 9 hours of work on a final project. It is expected that students attend full time taking 9 to 12 hours per semester. Guided electives will be selected from Recording Arts and Technologies courses and approved courses from other departments. Up to 6 hours of guided electives may be from other departments upon permission of the student's advisor. A maximum of 12 hours of 5000-level courses may be counted toward the degree.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the Master of Fine Arts in Recording Arts and Technology, a student must submit the following to the College of Graduate Studies:

  • Online application and appropriate application fee
  • Official transcript of all colleges, universities (including business and technical schools). If the transcripts are issued from an international (non-US) institution, a course-by course analysis is required. Original non-US transcripts should be submitted directly to the evaluation service.
  • Official Test Scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Brief Personal Essay
  • Portfolio of Works


Submit Application Materials to:

College of Graduate Studies
MTSU Box 42
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Test Codes for Middle Tennessee State University:
INFS - 6ZR-KJ-37
MBA (Full-time) - 6ZR-KJ-25
MBA (Part-time) - 6ZR-KJ-52
GRE 1466
MAT 1751
Praxis 1466
TOEFL 1466