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Music, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #863 (BCR) , CA,
The 30-unit, two-year Master of Arts in Music is for students interested in advanced Composition Studies, History and Literature, or Music Education. Highly specialized coursework provides an intensive focus on the student’s particular area of specialization.


We offer two different education tracks to suit your individual needs:

The first option is a terminal degree for those wishing to advance their career in K-12 education while enrolled in the teaching credential program. You will add breadth to your understanding by learning research techniques specific to music education, participating in classes on designing and implementing curricula, and taking part in seminars on secondary education. And you will add depth through fieldwork and a master’s thesis in an area of your particular interest. We have scheduled classes late in the day, to allow you to participate even if you have a full-time position.

The second option is preparation for doctoral study and is an opportunity for teachers with a credential and two years of experience to lay the groundwork for advanced studies. In addition to classes in research methods specific to music education and in curricular development, you are encouraged to take non-music classes in areas related to your particular interest, further honing your knowledge in areas you may wish to explore at the doctoral level.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Classroom Environment
  • Professional Perspectives and Practices
  • Creative Work Project
  • Master's Thesis
  • Music History Seminars
  • Independent Study
  • Graduate Theory Seminar
  • Directed Projects in Theory or Composition
  • Practicum in Composition

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

The general University admission requirements are:

  • Hold the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree. If you were educated outside of the United States, you must have earned a degree or diploma that SFSU considers to be the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An official determination of eligibility will be made during the application process.
  • Have the equivalent of a U.S. 3.0 GPA or "B" average. Your overall marks, average exam scores or average grade earned should be better than average or better than passing.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3858 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3858 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    3858 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3858 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

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