24 months
1458 USD/credit 21870 USD/year
1458 USD/credit 21870 USD/year
1095 USD/credit 16425 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Music in Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance is specifically tailored to prepare graduate students for doctoral programs in music disciplines such as composition, music history and music theory, as well as teaching careers in higher education.


The Music program at Temple University is also ideal for students who perform professionally and who wish to pursue secondary careers teaching in colleges or universities. This 30-credit graduate program comprises a blend of coursework in music history, music theory and research, and electives in areas including applied music, dance, music education or musical theater, depending on your areas of interest.In their final academic year, students are required to:

  • complete a final music history or theory paper or final composition (all of which are suitable for doctoral degree program applications);
  • pass a foreign language proficiency examination;
  • perform a piano proficiency examination; and
  • take a comprehensive exit examination based on their individual curriculum.

Music MA students broaden their experience in music studies and develop problem-solving expertise in a field of practice. You will take coursework with other Boyer College of Music and Dance graduate students, giving you a richer, more interdisciplinary graduate experience and opportunities to exchange ideas with students in other degree programs.

Future Career

Music MA graduates have several opportunities available to them, in both the music industry and academics. Graduates pursue careers as

  • composers,
    • music directors,
    • performers,
    • private music teachers and
    • university professors.

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Diatonic Harm
    • Chromatic Harm
    • Counterpoint Review
    • Grad Aural Theory Review
    • Remedial Studies in Music History

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 24 months
    • Part-time
      • 48 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    30 alternative credits


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • Research your graduate degree program
    • Complete online application
    • Letters of Reference: 2
    • Coursework Required for Admission Consideration
    • Statement of Goals: Include your special interests within the discipline and expectations for the program.
    • Resume: Current resume required.
    • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      21870 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 1458 USD per credit during 24 months.
    • National

      21870 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 1458 USD per credit during 24 months.
    • In-State

      16425 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 1095 USD per credit during 24 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.


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