M.A. On Campus


Bilkent University

12 months
14472 USD/year
4166 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The aim of the Music programme Bilkent University is to train professional artists in the areas of performance, creativity and research. Students have the opportunity to study and develop under the guidance of internationally renowned artists at the Faculty, and to display their development professionally through presentations, recitals, concerts as well as live and studio recordings.


Music Performance and Interpretation majors are invited for selected events to perform with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and Composition majors works are widely presented by the Faculties professional ensembles.

These public appearances and recordings are organized by the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts to equip the student with advanced professional experience, thereby widening their horizons in the artistic world.

The Music programme

The Music programme from Bilkent University comprises a wide range of options in majors of creative and interpretational fields of musical art in three curriculum tracks:

1) Music Performance and Interpretation

The curriculum track for the Music Performance and Interpretation option comprises majors in, Musical Instruments or Chamber Music. The goal of the thesis program in Music Performance and Interpretation is to enhance the musical performance of high level musicians holding an undergraduate degree to international standards. It aims to further their interpretative skills by advancing the general level they have achieved from previous studies in music theory, history and the relationship of these with other scientific disciplines. A candidate choosing the Master of Arts program aims to advance in a professional performance career as well as develop academic skills in writing and research.

The M.A. degree in Music Performance and Interpretation is offered in the following areas of specialization: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Harp, Piano, Classical Guitar, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double-bass, Operatic Voice, Chamber Music.

2) Conducting

The conducting program aims to provide highly gifted and skilled candidates with practical and theoretical skills, tools and knowledge to progress in this most demanding and complex discipline to achieve the role of a conductor with opera and orchestra ensembles upon graduation. Students will receive individual instruction and training in conducting techniques as well as repertoire along with musicianship skill, theory and history courses and seminars as necessary. They will gain an all-round understanding and a high level of knowledge of the practical, technical, artistic, psychological and business issues involved with the profession, and will build experience with podium and performance possibilities to achieve technical proficiency and artistic integrity.

3) Composition

Master of Arts in composition at Bilkent offers a program designed to enable each student to contribute to the composition field in a productive, resourceful and personal way. The M.A. Program in Composition provides intensive training through independent lessons, lecture courses and weekly seminars in the student's field supported by studies in theoretical and historical subjects.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods and Academic Publication Ethics
  • Academic Practices
  • Department Seminar  
  • Master's Lecture Recital
  • Master's Final Concert
  • Master's Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submission of ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansustu Egitimi Giris Sinavi/Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Exam) or GRE scores.
  • Fluency in written and oral English. Please see the websites of each graduate school for the list of accepted tests.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Recommendations from instructors or others qualified to evaluate academic ability.
  • A letter in English describing academic achievements, research interests, faculty members you are interested in working with, and motivations for applying to the program (Word limit: 500 to 800 words, double-spaced.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14472 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 14472 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    4166 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4166 USD per year during 12 months.
  • 62,100 TL for national students 

Living costs for Ankara

1600 - 2350 TRY /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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