The degree programme consists of the central artistic discipline of recorder, several compulsory subjects (chamber music, basso continuo for recorder players, coaching and practical training for contemporary recorder players) and several elective subjects. Students have to choose a priority subject. The master's examination consists of two parts. In the first part the students have to choose a piece of music from the examination programme defined by the examining committee and to perform it. In the second part the students have to perform, under concert conditions, a programme that they have arranged themselves. The examination programme stipulates that students have to perform forty-five minutes in each part of the examination. Playing from memory is not necessary.
If the student has completed a bachelor's programme at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, no admission test is required. 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.