12 months
35064 USD/year
35064 USD/year
20175 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Students in the Composition program from University of Washington study with the four internationally renowned composers who comprise the core faculty — Jöel-François Durand, Huck Hodge, Richard Karpen and Juan Pampin. 


Key facts

Faculty interests are wide-ranging and include symphonic and chamber instrumental composition, interdisciplinary arts, improvisation, and interactive works for digital media.

International Artists

Students of the Composition program from University of Washington benefit from the opportunity to work with major international artists in a variety of settings ranging from master classes to performances and readings of student works. Recent visiting artists and residencies have included Pascal Gallois, Garth Knox, Margaret Leng Tan, Shulamit Ran, Stuart Dempster, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the JACK Quartet, The Talea Ensemble, and the Deep Listening Band, among others.

Vibrant Setting

The School of Music and the affiliated Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) present numerous concerts of new music annually, making vital contributions to Seattle’s contemporary and experimental music scenes.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Master’s Thesis
  • Music Theory
  • Music Electives

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate Admissions Application: must be submitted online by the deadline above, along with the online application fee.  
  • Three recommendation letters from people familiar with your academic and/or professional work can be arranged for electronically within this application:  this is our preferred method.  
  • Unofficial transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges or universities.
  • Statement of Purpose:  Explain how graduate study in this particular program will contribute to your pursuing your professional and/or personal goals.
  • A portfolio of scores and recordings. Please upload up to 4 scores and recordings (recordings only for electronic works) of recent representative works. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35064 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35064 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    35064 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35064 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    20175 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20175 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Seattle

1480 - 2580 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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