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Music Composition

Rider University

12 months
36000 USD/year
36000 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Explore diverse compositional styles and esthetic viewpoints in Rider University’s graduate Music Composition program. 


Hone your craft with access to our music computing lab where you can compose, orchestrate and print publishable quality compositions. We offer a Music Composition degree at Rider University. 

Showcase your works in student-led performances and with opportunities to write works for soloists, for chamber ensembles and for large wind or orchestral ensembles.


  • Our alumni enjoy careers composing for various media and entertainment industries and students’ works have been commissioned and published by J.W. Pepper and GIA Press, and won prizes such as the prestigious Clifton Award. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Composition Primary 
  • Composition Project
  • Keyboard Harmony
  • Electroacoustic Music
  • Seminar in Music Theory
  • Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Applications must be received at least three weeks in advance of the requested audition date.


38 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the application fee
  • Complete an audition or interview
  • Submit a repertoire list
  • Submit two reference letters
  • Submit a personal statement
  • Submit a current resume
  • Submit official transcripts
  • Submit official notification of GMAT or GRE scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 36000 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    36000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 36000 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Princeton

2022 - 4977 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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