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Music - Theory/Composition, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #788 (BCR) , LA,
The Music Theory/Composition Division provides all music students with the academic background needed to understand the structures and functions of music through written theory, analysis, composition, and aural skills. In so doing, it gives future performers, educators, composers, theorists, and historians essential skills for professional work.


The purpose of the Bachelor of Music degree in Theory/Composition is to prepare students to become skilled composers through the study of diverse musical styles and to give students the essential academic background in order to pursue graduate studies in music theory and/or composition. The composition track is adaptable so that students can become familiar with writing for the educational market. Through this degree program, composition students are able to develop skills in a variety of media, from acoustic to
The purpose of the Master of Music degree in Theory/Composition is to develop
professional and scholarly competence in music theory and composition beyond the
undergraduate level in classical and/or jazz styles, and using acoustic and/or electronic media. The program prepares students for doctoral study in music theory and composition and for careers as leaders in the arts and in arts education.


  • National Association of Schools of Music and is fully accredited by NASM.

Programme Structure

Theory/Composition Degree Plan:Major Area:
  • Analysis of Tonal Music
  • Analysis of Twentieth Century Music
  • Composition
  • Thesis Research and Thesis
Supporting Work:
  • Research and Bibliography
  • Survey of Music Theory
  • Music Theory Pedagogy
  • Seminar in Music History

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study at UL Lafayette, you must:
  • have (or soon have) a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a regionally accredited university.
  • demonstrate English language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) if you are an international applicant
  • provide additional application materials (including GRE/GMAT) depending on the degree program to which you're applying

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1864 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1864 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1572 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1572 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    1572 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1572 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Lafayette

  • 925 - 1320 USD/month
    Living Costs

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