12 months
734 USD/credit 33030 USD/year
734 USD/credit 33030 USD/year
503 USD/credit 22635 USD/year
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Serious about pursuing music performance as a professional career? You’ll find the confidence you need to turn your ambitious dreams into real-world impact with a Music - Performance program from Portland State University.

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The Music - Performance program from Portland State University will immerse you in music history through rigorous instruction in theory, orchestration, research methods, music literature, and pedagogy. You will have the opportunity for individualized applied lessons in your instrument of choice, as well as hands-on experience performing in ensembles, concerts, and recitals both on and off-campus. In addition, you will have the chance to acquire small group experience in chamber music.

The students are given opportunities to hone leadership skills and solo playing, as well as mentorship from renowned professionals on faculty.


Most of our alumni go on to pursue a doctorate or a career as a freelance musician and studio teacher, as well as a solo chamber and ensemble performer. Related careers include: arts administrator, artistic director, professor, and music entrepreneur.

Recent graduates hold faculty positions at Pacific University and Portland Community College were accepted into doctoral programs at University of Miami and University of North Texas, and perform with the Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra, Portland Opera, and the Vancouver Symphony.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Music History Entrance Exam
  • Graduate Music Theory Entrance Exam
  • Applied Music
  • Graduate Project or Recital
  • Music Research Methods
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Music History: The Renaissance Period
  • Music History: The Baroque Period
  • Music History: Early 20th Century

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale) from the degree granting institution(s). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA. 
  • Copies of official degree certificate/diploma
  • Certified translation of transcripts
  • Financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33030 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 734 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    33030 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 734 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    22635 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 503 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 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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