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Music, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


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. 

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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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

    3848 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3848 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    2021 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2021 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Amherst Center

  • 1228 - 2550 USD/month
    Living Costs

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