The degree programme consists of the central artistic discipline, two compulsory subjects (chamber music, coaching) and several elective subjects. Students have to choose a priority subject. The master's examination consists of two parts. In the first part students have to perform a piece of music that they will choose from the exam programme defined by the examining committee. 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's programme was studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz no qualifying examination is required. Students who have not studied in Graz or who passed their bachelor's examination more than two semesters before applying for the master's programme have to audition.