12 months
55104 USD/year
55104 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Music Composition and Theory department at Brandeis University offers three degree programs in composition and theory: M.A. (normally one year), M.F.A. (normally two years), and Ph.D. (normally two or more years following the completion of M.F.A. requirements).


The Music Composition and Theory programs at Brandeis University are designed to help students develop a command of the craft of composition. That objective is supported by studies in theory and analysis and in electro-acoustic music.

Learning outcomes

The programs offer an integrated approach to the understanding of the nature, structural basis, and historical development of music. Students may elect to emphasize or concentrate in music history or in theory and analysis. In the music history program, a variety of techniques and methodologies, including style development, source studies, and historiography, are applied to different repertories and historical problems. The theory and analysis program features work in the history of theory as well as analytic work in the context of theory construction involving the evaluation of pretonal, tonal, and contemporary analytic models.

Programme Structure


  • History of Music Theory
  • History of Music Notation
  • Popular Music
  • Tonal 
  • Contemporary Analytical Methods
  • Music and Philosophy
  • Music Aesthetics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed application
  • Transcripts
  • Standardized test scores or a graded analytical paper
  • English Proficiency
  • A letter of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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    55104 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 55104 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Waltham

1515 - 3136 USD /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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