24 months
855 USD/credit 25650 USD/year
855 USD/credit 25650 USD/year
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The MFA in Sonic Arts from The City University of New York is intended for electroacoustic composers, electronic music composers, sound artists, and sound designers who seek advanced knowledge in the production of artistic and commercial works in the medium of sound.


The MFA in Sonic Arts from The City University of New York aims to help develop historically and theoretically informed and technically skilled composers and artists. 

Career opportunities

Graduates of this program should be capable of pursuing successful careers in the arts and commercial media industry. The curriculum is flexible and includes weekly private composition lessons (for four semesters) with a member of our internationally acclaimed faculty, as well as courses on the creation of sounds (both composition and sound design), instrument building, and interactivity.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sonic Arts Composition
  • Computer Music
  • Building Electronic Music Instruments
  • Computer-Assisted Music Composition
  • Interactive Computer Music
  • History of Electronic and Computer Music

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled


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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.')
  • Statement of purpose of approximately 500 words, typed, double-spaced, explaining your experience, artistic vision, career goals, and the technologies of your practice.
  • Two letters of recommendation from former instructors, employers, or other people familiar with you and your work.
  • F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam.
  • Submit a creative portfolio of 3-5 completed works. Works may contain sound recordings, scores, video, and/or other documentation, plus artist's notes on each work.
  • Selected applicants will be interviewed, either during a campus visit (recommended) or via telephone or video conference.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    25650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 24 months.

New York State Residents 

Full-Time $5,545 per semester

Part-Time $470 per credit

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 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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