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Music Composition

Bowling Green State University

12 months
10119 USD/year
10119 USD/year
6124 USD/year
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As a Music Composition major at Bowling Green State University, you will be part of an active community of musicians and scholars who love to listen, compose, and explore the meaning, creation, and power of music.


Our vibrant new music program, internationally renowned faculty, and excellent facilities make the Bowling Green State University Music Composition program one of the most visible and thriving in the country.

The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at BGSU is an award-winning national center devoted to the study, performance, creative work and promotion of new music. At the heart of the Center’s activities are the annual Bowling Green New Music Festival and the Music at the Forefront concert series. 

In addition, the Center administers a grant program in support of contemporary music projects and research at the College of Musical Arts, organizes "New Music from Bowling Green" concerts featuring faculty and student performers at acclaimed venues around the country, and helps produce Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green, a radio series, in collaboration with WGTE-FM in Toledo.

Quality classroom experiences

  • The music composition degree offers students learning opportunities in the classroom and in one-on-one lessons, as well as hands-on experience in the Electroacoustic Studio.
  • We provide composition students with the opportunity to have their music performed throughout the year, and to interact with guest composers and ensembles through a variety of residencies, reading sessions, and special events.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Composition Lessons
  • Music Technology
  • Orchestration and Arranging

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official or notarized copies of transcripts from all institutions where degrees were earned (showing dates when the degrees were conferred) and diplomas from international institutions must be submitted. 
  • Standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, PRAXIS, OAE) may be required. 
  • Programs may also require recommendations, a statement of purpose, a resume, and other documents.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10119 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 10119 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10119 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10119 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    6124 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6124 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Bowling Green

900 - 1400 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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