12 months
2432 USD/credit 80256 USD/year
1628 USD/credit 53724 USD/year
1628 USD/credit 53724 USD/year
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The Music Theory - Composition Division at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette 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 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette 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.

Key Features 

  • The composition track is adaptable so that students can become familiar with writing for the educational market. 
  • In the semester prior to the commencement of thesis research, the student must select an adviser and three other professors who serve on the advisory committee. The adviser chairs the advisory committee. 


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

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Analysis of Tonal Music
  • Composition
  • Thesis Research and Thesis 
  • Research and Bibliography
  • Survey of Music Theory
  • Music Theory Pedagogy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • have (or soon have) a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a regionally accredited university. Learn more about how to provide proof of degree.
  • demonstrate English language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) if you are an international applicant. Learn more about who is required to demonstrate English language proficiency.
  • provide additional application materials (including GRE/GMAT) depending on the degree program to which you're applying.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    80256 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2432 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    53724 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1628 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    53724 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1628 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Lafayette

925 - 1320 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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