The degree programme consists of the central artistic discipline, two compulsory subjects (chamber music, correpitition) and several elective subjects. A priority subject is to be chosen. The master exam consists of two parts. In the first part a piece of music to be chosen from the exam programme defined by the examining committee is to be performed. In the second part students have to perform, under concert conditions, a programme that they have arranged themselves. In the exam programme a performance time of thirty minutes for the first part and fifty minutes for the second part of the exam are scheduled.
If a bachelor programme was studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz no admission examination is required. Students who have not studied in Graz or who passed their bachelor exam more than two semesters before applying for the master programme have to audition.