• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The Music program is offered by Washington State University. All graduates will be able to:

  • Critical, Creative and Musical Reasoning: This includes learning to analyze and interpret music, to express the composer’s intention, the character of the music and to convey the  emotion of the work.
  •  Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning: This involves taking the abstract symbols on the page and making musical sense of them, interpreting the rhythmic and pitch elements of the  music and making expressive choices based on the notation on the page.
  •  Information Literacy: Musicians must understand the historical and cultural aspects of the music that they are performing to present a musically and artistically convincing  performance. Also, students must become familiar with a wide range of important works from the musical canon. Students are required to use several outside sources, including  library and online resources, to gain this knowledge.
  • Communication: A musical performance is not successful unless there is communication with the audience.
  • Diversity: To perform music of different styles and genres, it is essential to understand diverse cultures and musical views. This is related to information literacy
  • Integration of Learning: For a musical performance to be truly successful, all of these Learning Outcomes—creative thinking, symbolic reasoning, information literacy, communication  and diversity must be integrated by the performer.

Graduates are prepared for professional careers in music including work as performers, composers, arrangers, recording artists and educators.

Programme Structure

Four emphases are available: 

  • Music education: Provides advanced studies for experienced or prospective teachers. 
  • Performance: Selected by students wishing to teach at the college level or enter professions such as music performance and conducting. 
  • Composition: Prepares students to enter professions in music such as composition and arranging. 
  • Jazz emphasis: Focuses on one or more aspects of jazz, including performance, composition, arranging, pedagogy, or history, in preparation for careers in jazz. The degree may also be completed without an emphasis. The program offers both thesis and non-thesis options, designed according to the goals of the student. Composition-emphasis students must complete the thesis option.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    If you are applying after January 10 or July 1 (priority deadlines), you will want to contact the department to see if they is still accepting applications.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

The School of Music requires an audition, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. In addition, please submit: for the composition emphasis, a composition portfolio with recordings; for the music education emphasis, your written philosophy of teaching; performance (including conducting) requires a more in-depth audition. Contact the music program for details. 

Once admitted to WSU, each student takes assessments in music theory, history, and keyboard skills, and auditions for music ensembles during the week prior to the first day of classes.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12596 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12596 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5880 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Pullman

  • 904 - 1510 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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