The following modules are relevant for the programme: compulsory subjects (artistic practice), elective subjects which must be chosen from a list, and elective subjects which can be chosen freely. In the central artistic subject three stage performances (recitals) per semester should be done as of the second semester. The elective subjects can be chosen from the following areas: artistic practice, applied theory, music, literature and arts studies, music education and complementary courses. External students additionally have to undergo an examination of their artistic development at the end of the second semester, which will take place before a committee and which will be followed by a guidance talk (intermediate examination). Students can choose between an academic and an artistic master’s thesis. The master’s examination consists of an internal examination of approximately 30 minutes’ duration and a public concert of approximately one hour.
External students who did not earn their bachelor degree at the Mozarteum University Salzburg have to prove their artistic potential to master the master’s programme in an entrance examination. A programme must be presented which must include works of a high degree of difficulty from various stylistic epochs (lasting approximately 15 minutes).