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Music Theory

Bowling Green State University

12 months
10119 USD/year
10119 USD/year
6124 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Music in Music Theory at Bowling Green State University offers students an excellent opportunity to hone the scholarly, pedagogical, and presentational skills necessary to thrive in a competitive academic field. The degree offers a full complement of courses and seminars that encourage engagement with both traditional and more current lines of research in the discipline.


The M.M. in Music Theory at BGSU is broad-based, offering extraordinary opportunities in the area of contemporary music. The resources of the Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music enrich the learning experience with visiting artists and especially with the internationally renowned New Music Festival. 

Further, the College of Musical Arts-with around 500 students and 56 full-time faculty members—offers students the resources and experiences of a large university with the feel of a more intimate setting.

M.M. in Music Theory students at Bowling Green State University  therefore enjoy exceptional mentoring opportunities: they receive individual attention, assistantship assignments, and professional guidance that at other schools are typically reserved for doctoral students. Additionally, BGSU is located near several major cities with a vibrant professional music culture, including Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Chicago.

Strength and uniqueness 

  • Individual attention 
  • Teaching opportunities in the first year 
  • Mentorship in both research and teaching 
  • Excellent record of placing graduates into top Ph.D. programs 
  • Flexible culminating experience—students choose to write a thesis or submit a portfolio of work 
  • Wide-ranging faculty interests 

Programme Structure

  • As a student in the M.M. in Music Theory program, you will gain a solid foundation on which to build a career as a music theorist, researcher, and educator. Fundamental analytical techniques for music from the early modern period through the twenty-first century are stressed within the context of current scholarly thought.
  • We have an excellent record of placing our graduates in top Ph.D. programs, recently including Yale University, Florida State University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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
    Tuition Fee
    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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