Jazz Studies

University of North Texas

24 months
17172 USD/year
1800 USD/year
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The Jazz Studies program at the University of North Texas provides you with an intense musical experience. It’s large enough to constitute its own scene while enabling you to receive individual attention from faculty members.

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You can pursue a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies in one of three tracks: performance, composition and pedagogy. At the doctoral level, we offer a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance with a concentration in Jazz Studies.
In lessons, small and large ensembles, classes, concerts, recitals and independent projects, our students develop as performers, composers and teachers. They’ve earned a wide range of recognitions over the years, including 10 DownBeat Student Music Awards in 2014.
Students participate in the region’s musical life while at UNT and later join a large community of successful jazz alumni.
The Division of Jazz Studies enjoys a long tradition of excellence, establishing the nation’s first undergraduate Jazz Studies program in 1946. We always seek new musical directions to remain connected to today’s jazz music scene and other music professions that our graduates enter.
Interest in our program is strong. We currently have 60 to 70 master’s students and nine doctoral students and graduate about 17 graduate students each year. Our primary goals are to:

  • Prepare you for a successful career as a jazz performer, composer, arranger or educator
  • Cultivate your knowledge of and appreciation for the jazz tradition and the broader musical traditions from which it’s grown
  • Encourage your creative efforts and share your results on university, local, regional, national and international levels in performances and recordings
  • Help you enter the profession through interactions with guest artists and learning about music industry entrepreneurship

Programme Structure

You'll have many performance opportunities to choose from, including:

  • Nine jazz lab bands, among them the six-time Grammy nominated One O'Clock Lab Band®, directed by Jay Saunders
  • Three Jazz Singers groups guided by Jennifer Barnes
  • L-5 and Super 400 Electric Guitar Ensembles directed by Fred Hamilton and the graduate teaching fellows he mentors
  • Latin Jazz Lab directed by José Aponte
  • Jazz Chamber Music (approximately 25 small groups)
  • Jazz Repertory Ensemble
  • Zebras (a contemporary music ensemble)
  • U-Tubes Jazz Trombone Ensemble

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


32 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.
3 (required)
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).
6 (required)
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.
79 (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

Admission requirements:

We prefer master's applicants who have an undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies, but applicants can be admitted with undergraduate degrees in other music fields or in another field. We prefer doctoral applicants who have a master's degree in Jazz Studies, but applicants can be admitted with master's degrees in other music fields.

All applicants must participate in an in-person audition or submit a video recording. Applicants to the composition track are also expected to submit a portfolio of compositions and arrangements.

Tuition Fee

  • National

    17172 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8586 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    1800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 900 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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