Composition - Concert Music, Master | Catholic University of America | Washington, D. C., United States
24 months
52190 USD/year
52190 USD/year
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The M.M. in Composition - Concert Music from Catholic University of America, emphasizes the development of increasingly sophisticated compositional skills and awareness of contemporary aesthetics, while providing the strong academic foundation necessary to pursue doctoral study, either at Catholic University or at another institution.


Composition work in lessons is directed towards two goals: the creation of chamber music in preparation for the graduation recital (see more below), and the larger thesis composition, submitted to the Composition faculty as a graduation requirement. You are encouraged to take as much advantage as possible of the many performance and reading opportunities open to you in the Departments of Music.

Graduation recital

For the Composition - Concert Music program from Catholic University of America, a recital of original chamber music (minimum 30 minutes of music) must be presented prior to graduation, typically in the final semester of study (MUS 940, 0 credit hours).  Students presenting this recital must submit completed scores of their recital programs at least 30 days in advance of the recital date. All materials should be emailed as pdfs to the composition faculty. 

Composition faculty approval is required for this recital to take place (students are encouraged to submit well in advance of the 30-day deadline). You have two opportunities to pass the graduation recital. Should you fail the recital a second time, you are dismissed from the MM degree program in Composition.

All composition recitals are recorded, as are all reading opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Composition
  • Master’s Composition Seminar
  • Research Methodology
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Music History Elective
  • Music Since 1900

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


35 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Every International applicant needs to return a completed application.
  • Submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Payment must be in the form of a check or money order payable in U.S. currency to The Catholic University of America.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency
  • Submit confirmation of financial support
  • Submit secondary school report with translated transcripts
  • Receive your admission packet with visa information
  • Secondary School Report
  • Official/Attested Copy of Transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

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