Master On Campus

Music Composition

Central Michigan University

24 months
850 USD/credit 12750 USD/year
850 USD/credit 12750 USD/year
682 USD/credit 10230 USD/year
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Advance your expertise and skill in music composition and theory. You'll broaden and deepen your critical knowledge in music theory, history, research and compositional study on this Music Composition program from Central Michigan University.


Our fully accredited graduate composition program is tailored for those with undergraduate preparation and exceptional promise in writing music. Gain critical and theoretical knowledge in music composition, theory, history, research and technique. And do it all with the help of accomplished faculty with years of experience in the field.

You'll have opportunities to have your creative work presented during campus-sponsored concerts and state and regional conferences.

The Music Composition program from Central Michigan University, prepares you for many careers in music composition, performance and education. Alumni have gone on to work for music publishing companies like Montoya Music and ADJ Publishers. 

Others have earned doctorates and secured tenure-track positions at places like Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas. And others have their works performed at conferences and festivals like the Midwest Clinic and Texas Music Educators Association.

Careers & Outcomes

Our master of music in composition graduates are equipped for a number of fulfilling careers in composing, scoring, teaching, academia, arts administration and more.


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

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Seminar in Compositional Techniques
  • Music Theory Pedagogy
  • Survey of Piano Literature
  • History of Opera
  • Song Repertoire
  • Choral Masterworks
  • Wind Band Literature
  • Rock 'n 'Roll Seminar
  • Seminar in World Music
  • Seminar in the Music of a Selected Composer

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

National deadline: Rolling admission 


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Along with the application, you’ll need to submit a $50 application fee
    • Submit a copy of your passport
    • Submit proof of English proficiency or your intent to study English upon arrival – unless you are from an exempted country where English is the primary language of instruction. 
    • You also may demonstrate English proficiency by completing the English studies program through CMU's English Language Institute. 
    • Applicants must provide a third-party course-by-course credential evaluation and document verification

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 850 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    12750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 850 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 682 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Mount Pleasant

1000 - 1500 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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