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Jazz Studies

North Carolina Central University

12 months
14136 USD/year
14136 USD/year
4226 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Jazz Studies Graduate Program at North Carolina Central University is dedicated to offering a quality education, shaping the future of aspiring musicians and maintaining the integrity of a great art form.  


Program ensembles have earned recognition at numerous college festivals, including the Villanova Jazz Festival, where they garnered first-place honors. The NCCU Jazz Ensemble and vocalists were invited to perform at the White House for a reception for the staff and congressional aides (Clinton administration) and for a political event to welcome First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Graduate Jazz Studies degree at North Carolina Central University offers a choice of two concentrations: Composition and Arranging or Performance.


  • Located in the heart of the high-tech Research Triangle, NC Central University’s research centers are preparing students to become the next generation of scientists and social scientists.
  • Our work addresses the economic and social challenges that impact North Carolina and the world today—and those that will affect us tomorrow.  

Programme Structure

  • Composition and Arranging: This concentration prepares students to become composers, vocal and instrumental arrangers, music producers, music directors and vocal and instrumental music contractors. Successful graduates go on to careers in film scoring, arranging and composing for studio recordings and performances with major artists.
  • Performance: Successful graduates go on to careers in film scoring, arranging and composing for studio recordings, corporate music business, and careers as music directors, vocal and instrumental contractors or music educators in public and private schools and universities.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online graduate admission application
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of all schools attended (if you earned your degree from a non-U.S. school, please see the international applicant requirements)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.90
  • Statement of purpose/personal statement
  • Scores (for the composition/arranging concentration; contact department for details)
  • The GRE is not required
  • An audition may be required

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14136 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7068 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    14136 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7068 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    4226 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2113 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Durham

990 - 1670 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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