12 months
33548 USD/year
33548 USD/year
13674 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The five full time members of the UK theory & composition faculty are engaged in active creation and research with particular distinction in popular music studies, pedagogy, Schenkerian studies, 19th century music, and commissioned compositions. The Music Theory and Composition MA/MM program is offered at University of Kentucky.


Highlights - Music Theory and Composition MA/MM program at University of Kentucky

  • The University of Kentucky School of Music is internationally recognized for excellence in performance, music education and research in music. 
  • For over 100 years, the School has helped musicians prepare for careers as performers, educators, researchers, and a wide array of leadership positions both in and outside of the field of music. 
  • More than 400 students benefit from world-class teaching and the broad academic offerings of a major university. 
  • Students have abundant opportunities to participate in prestigious ensembles – from orchestras to choirs to the Wildcat Marching Band – that perform throughout the U.S. and the world.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music of the middle ages
  • Music of the renaissance
  • Music of the baroque era
  • Music of the classic period
  • Music of the 19th century

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CV. Should include:
- Name, address, e-mail, and phone number- Education (institutions, degrees, dates, majors)- Work Experiences (locations, dates, teaching, and other professional experiences)

- Presentations/Recitals/Publications/Clinics (include locations and dates). Include a list on a separate page, if you can, of papers you have written, whether published or unpublished.

  • Personal Statement: ​One-page statement (at least 150 words, 3 paragraphs suggested) expressing your motivation for seeking this degree from the University of Kentucky and how this degree fits into your goals for the future. 
  • Writing Sample: ​At least one music paper of an analytical nature is required (two samples preferred). An undergraduate term paper is acceptable. The topic of the paper should deal with some aspect of form, harmony, or other organizational aspects of a piece of music.
  • Audition and exam request form
  • Three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    33548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33548 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    33548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33548 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    13674 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13674 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Lexington-Fayette

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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