Music, M.A. | Claremont Graduate University (CGU) | Claremont, United States
24 months
1980 USD/credit 33660 USD/year
1980 USD/credit 33660 USD/year
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With Claremont Graduate University (CGU)’s Master of Arts in Music, you will develop the necessary tools, knowledge, and experience to pursue a serious career in professional music.


Our Music program at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) strikes a critical balance between music performance and scholarship, examining music in its interdisciplinary, cultural, and intellectual contexts while providing a mastery of the theory and practice of performance. Faculty includes highly trained performers and musical scholars whose diverse interests range across musicology, performance, and composition. They bring their passion for music and scholarship into the classroom and serve as invaluable mentors. Under their guidance, you’ll join a long list of accomplished graduates who have gone on to careers as college and university professors, members of professional ensembles, music directors in churches, and solo performing artists.

Program Highlights

  • The Music Department puts on an array of concerts that offer ample performance opportunities.
  • Studio faculty are drawn from the Claremont Colleges and the outstanding pool of musicians in the greater Los Angeles area.
  • CGU is home to the highly respected music journal Performance Practice Review.
  • Historical performance practice programs connect you with period instruments that include three harpsichords, a fortepiano, a chamber organ, and various stringed instruments.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music Literature and Historical Styles Analysis
  • Research Methodology and Bibliography 
  • Interdisciplinary Music Criticism & Cross-Cultural Aesthetics
  • Application of Music Technology 
  • Romantic: 19th Century
  • 20th Century

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


34 SCH

34–38 units


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Applicants who feel that their Grade Point Averages do not adequately represent their ability to succeed in a graduate program may find it helpful to submit GRE scores for consideration.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • $80 Application fee
  • Official transcripts (undergraduate/graduate)
  • Resume
  • English proficiency exam (international applicants only)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Affidavit of Financial Support
  • Financial Statement or Proof
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Audition

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1980 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    33660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1980 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Claremont

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

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