The degree programme consists of the central artistic discipline harpsichord, the compulsory subjects basso continuo practice, historical ensemble play, harpsichord practice as well as chamber music and several elective subjects. Moreover, students have to choose a priority subject from the courses offered in accompanying musicology, ensemble conduction or variant instrument. For the master's examination students have to submit a programme containing works from different predetermined areas. The exam programme will be suggested by the teacher of the central artistic subject; the students, however, can also make suggestions; the teachers will decide whether or not they are suitable. The master's examination consists of two parts. The examination programme of the first part will be determined by the examining committee. The candidates are entitled to choose the programme of the second part themselves.
Applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz need not sit an admission test. Applicants 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.