12 months
734 USD/credit 33030 USD/year
734 USD/credit 33030 USD/year
503 USD/credit 22635 USD/year
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For musicians with an unconventional mindset, you’re not alone in your desire to break the mold. A Jazz Studies degree from Portland State University will give you endless opportunities to deepen your knowledge and advance as a leader in your musical career.

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The Jazz Studies degree from Portland State University offers rigorous instruction in music theory, music history, improvisation techniques, jazz arranging, music literature, research methods, and pedagogy. Students have the opportunity for hands-on experience through participation in ensembles and combos. We also offer individualized applied lessons on your instrument of choice to deepen your knowledge.

Throughout the program, you will receive mentorship and career advice from renowned faculty, as well as opportunities for leadership within your cohort. Our alumni’s skills are in-demand as professional musicians and teachers.


Most of our alumni go on to pursue a doctorate or a career as a professional performer or educator at a K-12 school, college, or university. The graduates have also pursued related careers as arrangers, composers, and arts administrators.

Recent graduates hold faculty positions at Portland State University, Clackamas College, and Washington State University, serve on the board of the Portland Jazz Festival, and perform regularly at jazz venues throughout the region.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Music: Saxophone
  • Applied Music: Piano
  • Applied Music: Jazz Studies
  • Applied Music: Composition
  • Advanced Jazz Improvisation 
  • Graduate Project or Recital
  • Instrumental Jazz Arranging 
  • Jazz Literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale) from the degree granting institution(s). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA. 
  • Copies of official degree certificate/diploma
  • Certified translation of transcripts
  • Financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33030 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 734 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    33030 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 734 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    22635 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 503 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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