Music, M.A. | California State University East Bay | Hayward, United States
24 months
15557 USD/year
15557 USD/year
8429 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Arts degree in Music is a two-year program at California State University East Bay that provides advanced study for students with highly developed interests and accomplishments in music.


Students in the Music program at California State University East Bay are given the opportunity to increase their musicianship, critical skills, and professional insights in preparation for careers in performing, teaching, composing and arranging, administration, and research. It also offers opportunities for current school and college music teachers to increase their professional effectiveness and provides prospective doctoral aspirants with a sound foundation for advanced graduate study.

Students take core courses in graduate-level music theory, history, education, and research, and choose elective courses in an area of emphasis that support their artistic, creative and professional goals. Areas of emphasis include: choral studies, composition, jazz studies, music education, music history, music theory, and performance. All emphases require a culminating recital, creative project, or master’s thesis.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with an M.A. in Music from Cal State East Bay will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of core skills within their primary area of emphasis, i.e. performance, composition, research, analysis, conducting, or teaching;
  • Apply critical and creative thinking and analytical reasoning to address complex challenges in music creation, performance, and research;
  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with other musicians in a performance context; and
  • Integrate musical ideas, methods, theory, and practice, and communicate them to others clearly and persuasively, in classroom and performance settings.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methodology 
  • Analysis of Musical Styles 
  • Music of the Twentieth & Twenty-First Centuries 
  • Asian Music and Culture
  • Teaching Music in Higher Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • If you were educated outside of the U.S., you must have earned a degree equivalent to a 4-year U.S. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An official determination of eligibility will be made during the application process.
  • English language proficiency
  • Statement of Purpose
  • CV / Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15557 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 15557 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    15557 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15557 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    8429 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8429 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Hayward

1370 - 2510 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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