Music Composition

Central Michigan University

Master On Campus
12 months
850 USD/credit
850 USD/credit
637 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Music Composition degree program at the Central Michigan University is designed for students who have an undergraduate emphasis in composition or those who show exceptional promise in composition techniques as demonstrated by a composition portfolio. 


Students in this Music Composition program from the Central Michigan University take core courses in music theory, history and research, study applied composition and theoretical compositional practice, and complete a thesis project that involves composing a significant work.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Composition students have many opportunities to present their original pieces, including concerts throughout the semester as well as state and regional conferences. 
  • Students have the opportunity to work and do research alongside faculty who have a national and international reputation. Graduate assistantships are offered on a competitive basis.


The composition degree is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Programme Structure

Graduation Requirements

  • Students are required to submit a thesis project or significant composition and an analysis paper of the work for graduation. 
  • Students also must pass a written comprehensive examination in music history and an oral examination in composition.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent;
  • an in-person interview (or video conference interview if distance prohibits);
  • a portfolio of compositions with scores and audio files;
  • three letters of recommendation; and
  • a writing sample.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    850 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 850 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    850 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 850 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    637 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 637 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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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Music Composition
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