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Duquesne University

24 months
1756 USD/credit 52680 USD/year
1756 USD/credit 52680 USD/year
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The Performance program of Duquesne University is designed with one thing in mind: preparing you to enter a rapidly-evolving job market fully equipped with the skills and knowledge required to have a rewarding career in music and beyond!


Graduate students study with master teachers, many of whom are renowned performers in their field, through applied music study in keyboard, guitar, electric bass, and all orchestral instruments and voice. Students perform in a variety of ensembles that rank among the finest in the country by virtue of the quality of concerts, recordings, broadcasts, tours, and repertoire.

Our Program is Unique

  • Our GRAMMY Award-winning faculty are networked into the international music industry and know exactly what it takes to be successful in careers from the concert hall to the recording studio, sound stage, or outdoor music festival.
  • In addition to curricular concerts and events, students have opportunities to perform professionally in multiple ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras, and Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, to name a few.
  • Our students benefit from master classes presented by internationally-recognized music experts and guest artists.
  • The Institute of Entertainment, Music, and Media Arts (IEMMA) allows you to engage in real-world activities and connect with industry leading professionals while on campus.
  • Through coursework and internships, performance majors learn to manage the business and promotional aspects of professional music-making.
  • Our graduates succeed.

The Performance program of Duquesne University provides you with the real-world skills you need for success in a competitive and demanding professional environment. Simply put, you will learn from artist-teachers who are networked into the music industry from New York to LA, from Beijing to Sydney, and across Europe. Work alongside solo artists, recording artists, contractors, entrepreneurs, members of military ensembles, composers, and arrangers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Orchestral Repertoire & Literature–Brass
  • Jazz Harmony–Form/Notation
  • Applied Organ
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Applied Piano
  • Chamber Music–String

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate applicants must have completed an adequate undergraduate preparation in music, normally, a bachelor's degree in music from an institution of recognized standing, a college-level conservatory diploma, or its foreign equivalent. 
  • The minimum overall quality point average must be 2.5 and at least 3.0 in music courses
  • A one-page essay must be submitted along with the application that clearly states the applicant's intentions in pursuing graduate studies
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official Transcripts
  • An audition is required for admission to any graduate music program

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1756 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    52680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1756 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Pittsburgh

1148 - 1944 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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