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Music, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #51 (ARWU) , MD,
The Master of Music (M.M.) degree is designed for qualified students with a Bachelor's degree in music seeking a professional degree in performance, composition, or music education that culminates with a final project.


The UM School of Music offers programs of study leading to the Master of Music degree with areas of specialization in performance, composition, conducting, and music education; the Master of Arts degree with areas in ethnomusicology, music history and literature (musicology), music education, and music theory; the Doctor of Philosophy degree with areas of specialization in ethnomusicology, musicology, and music theory; and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with areas of specialization in composition, performance, and conducting. A Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction is offered by the College of Education in cooperation with the Music Education Division of the School of Music.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods, Bibliography, and Guided Writings
  • Analysis of World Music
  • Documents of Theory and Aesthetics: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance
  • The Anthropology of Music
  • Early Music Notation
  • Introduction to Musicology
  • Theory of Jazz
  • Orchestral Excerpts for String Players
  • Masterworks of the 20th Century: 1900-1950
  • Advanced Orchestration
  • Advanced Conducting
  • Advanced Aural Skills for Conductors

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    31-40 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • GRE General for Ethnomusicology, Historical Musicology and Music Theory
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Audition/Interview
  • Repertoire/List of Performances
  • Research paper for Ethnomusicology and Historical Musicology
  • Two scholarly papers or thesis chapters for Music Theory
  • Scores for Composition
  • Pre-screen recordings for flute, collaborative piano, conducting, trumpet and vocal applicants.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1474 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1474 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    683 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 683 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for College Park

  • 1676 - 2840 USD/month
    Living Costs

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