12 months
17982 USD/year
17982 USD/year
9648 USD/year
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The Master of Arts degree in Music Theory from Kent State University is designed to enhance music theory abilities of advanced students and to prepare them for admission to doctoral study. 

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Based on a solid undergraduate music degree, the master's degree further develops abilities in music theory, including analytical, aural, written, keyboard and pedagogical skills. The program further develops breadth and depth in the area of Western music history and literature.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this Music Theory program from Kent State University will be able to:

  • Analyze music from a wide range of styles and style periods, and communicate results in written and oral formats.
  • Demonstrate and apply functional aural, written and keyboard skills.
  • Recognize, identify and analyze representative literature from different historical periods, countries and composers.
  • Communicate knowledge of music theory and other aspects of music as would be done in classroom and private teaching.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Pedagogy of Music Theory
  • Music Bibliography and Research Methods
  • 16th-centljry Counterpoint
  • 18th-century Counterpoint
  • History of Music Theory
  • Schenkerian Analysis
  • World Music Analysis
  • Analysis of Western Art Music
  • Post-tonal Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

For timely consideration of the application, it is recommended applicants submit a complete application at least one month before the start of the semester.


32 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Goal statement
  • Academic paper written in English
  • English language proficiency 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17982 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17982 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    17982 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17982 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9648 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Kent

1036 - 1710 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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