M.Sc. On Campus

Music and Technology

Carnegie Mellon University

48 months
41000 USD/year
41000 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Music and Technology gives Carnegie Mellon University students the freedom to push the boundaries of their expertise. Students accepted into this program have presented substantial work outside the typical four-year-degree, and excel in music or some aspect of technology, demonstrating a aptitude and desire to explore a specialized area with significant depth.


Students at the graduate level are able to hone their skills in an interdisciplinary environment, focusing on a chosen area of study, such as Music and Technology, Recording Technology, Audio Engineering, Computer Music, Music Composition, Music Performance, and Music Theory. Our expert faculty promotes a collaborative approach to cutting-edge education that gives our students both the specialized knowledge and breadth of skills to foster development in the field of music.

With a customizable wealth of classes to choose from, students are able to explore new educational directions while honing their current talent, and are expected to produce original work through a public performance and written thesis.

As the background and needs of students are highly varied, specific course selection is supervised by the student's advisor, working in concert with an Advising Committee composed of representatives from the School of Music, the School of Computer Science, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Working closely with expert faculty, previous students have pursued study in technologically augmented performance; computer music systems and technology; music signal processing; acoustics, sound recording, and music instrument design; and music cognition and perception.


The Carnegie Mellon University mission is to create a transformative educational experience for students focused on deep disciplinary knowledge; problem solving; leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills; and personal health and well-being.

To cultivate a transformative university community committed to :

  • attracting and retaining diverse, world-class talent; 
  • creating a collaborative environment open to the free exchange of ideas, where research, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship can flourish
  • ensuring individuals can achieve their full potential.

To impact society in a transformative way — regionally, nationally, and globally — by engaging with partners outside the traditional borders of the university campus.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Computer Music Systems and Technology
  • Signal Processing
  • Music Theory
  • Music History
  • Acoustics/Recording/Instrument Desig
  • Studio composition
  • Computer Music
  • Computer Music Systems and Information Processing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


144 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit the School of Music’s online application.
  • Pay the $125.00 application and audition fee online using a credit card.
  • Upload any pre-screening materials with the application.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • (submitted through the online application)
  • Official Transcripts from most recent college/university
  • (desired minimum GPA: 3.0)
  • Test Scores: 
  • Students whose native language is not English must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • (TOEFL code 2074; Department Humanities - Music 19)
  • Music & Technology (MS) applicants must submit an official GRE score.
  • (Institution Code 2074; Department Arts - Performance and Studio – Music 2404)
  • Master of Music Education applicants should 

Tuition Fee

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    41000 USD/year
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Living costs for Pittsburgh

1148 - 1944 USD /month
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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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