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Jazz Studies

The University of the Arts

12 months
46530 USD/year
46530 USD/year
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The Master of Music in Jazz Studies from The University of the Arts is a highly selective degree program open to candidates who have an undergraduate degree in jazz studies or an undergraduate degree in music with significant experience in jazz and contemporary music. 


Open only to a limited number of students, the program provides a solid foundation in contemporary music and encourages a primary focus on your individual career goals.

The program is centered on five outcomes designed to prepare graduates for successful careers as performers, educators, directors, producers and a host of positions in the music industry. 

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Jazz Studies program at The University of the Arts, graduates will have:

  • Developed their sense of hearing so that they can recognize the content of the music that they experience.
  • Gained theoretical understanding of music not limited to jazz, so that they can understand the form and structure of what they’re hearing.
  • Delved deeply into the historical and sociological context of jazz to acquire a more complete understanding of their position in the world of jazz.
  • Become confident and competent advocates of the idiom by strengthening verbal and written communication skills.
  • Absorbed the content of the various aspects of the program so that it informs their own creative output.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Arranging 
  • Advanced Transcription and Analysis 
  • Applied Major Instruction 
  • Graduate Improvisation 
  • MIDI and Music Technology 
  • Graduate Professional Internship 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Rolling basis admission.


32 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Completed Online Application Form 
  • Application Fee of $60
  • Official Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Intent & Resume
  • Audition
  • Personal Interview

In addition to the requirements listed above, international applicants or those with foreign credentials must submit:

  • All applicants with transcripts from outside the United States are required to submit transcripts officially translated into English. 
  • International applicants whose primary language is not English must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    46530 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 46530 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    46530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 46530 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

1313 - 2284 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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