24 months
1458 USD/credit 21870 USD/year
1458 USD/credit 21870 USD/year
1095 USD/credit 16425 USD/year
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Develop a thorough understanding of contemporary practices, theories and techniques in music composition, and learn to express yourself through creative musical thought with the Master of Composition-Music from Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance. 


 This 30-credit-hour, graduate-level program at Temple University focuses on the studies of innovation and craft, research, and expressive effect for traditional instrumental and vocal forces. Composition students also explore experimental music through the prisms of both electroacoustic music and visual music, which is the creation of visual art using sound data translated via coding and algorithms.

Future Career

Graduates from the Composition-Music MM program are prepared to carry on toward a doctorate or for future careers as

  • composers,
  • conductors,
  • music directors,
  • performers,
  • professors/educators and
  • speaker/lecturers.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  •  Chromatic Harm
  • Counterpoint Review
  • Grad Aural Theory Review
  • Remedial Studies in Music History
  • Remedial Studies in Jazz History
  • Seminar in Jazz Arranging
  •  Music in History
  • Live Recording and Mixing for Broadcast
  • Computer Programming for Musicians

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 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

  • Letters of Reference: 2
  • Coursework Required for Admission Consideration
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline
  • Statement of Goals: Include your special interests within the discipline and expectations for the program.
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Portfolio: The composition portfolio should demonstrate the student's skills in music composition.
  • Resume: Current resume 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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