University of Massachusetts Amherst

24 months
19686 USD/year
19686 USD/year
9342 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Music program delivered by the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers optimal professional training for careers as music teachers, performers, composers, arrangers, and conductors. 


Enroll now in the Music Master program delivered by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and choose one of the following Concentrations:

  • Collaborative Piano 
  • Composition  
  • Conducting, focusing on
    • Choral Conducting 
    • Orchestral Conducting 
    • Wind Conducting 
  • Jazz Composition/Arranging 
  • Music Education, focusing on:
    • Pedagogy
    • Research
    • Applied Study
    • Conducting
  • Music History 
  • Music Theory 
  • Performance

Programme Structure

  • All M.M. students majoring in History/Musicology, Theory or Music Education/Research are required to write a thesis. In lieu of the thesis, Collaborative Piano majors must accompany four recitals, Composition and Jazz Composition/Arranging majors must submit an original composition in large form, and Performance and Music Education/Applied Music majors must perform a full recital. 
  • Music Education/Conducting majors must conduct a full public program or portion of a public program, or complete another capstone project approved by the conducting faculty. Music Education/Pedagogy majors must complete a capstone project approved by the music education faculty.
  • Vocal Performance, Music History/Musicology, and Collaborative Piano majors have a foreign language proficiency requirement. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

The Graduate School requires applicants to submit an official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Some graduate programs require additional support materials as part of the application process. 

To be considered for admission, international applicants whose native language is not English must submit verification of a TOEFL score at or above 550 (written) or 213 (computerized version) or 80 (IBT). These materials must be sent by the agency administering the TOEFL directly to the address below

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19686 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9843 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    19686 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9843 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    9342 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4671 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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