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Jazz History and Research

Rutgers University

12 months
15072 USD/year
15072 USD/year
8868 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Founded in 1997, this unique Jazz History and Research program from Rutgers University prepares people to do research, publish, and teach about jazz. 


The Jazz History and Research program from Rutgers University attracts a diverse range of teachers, performers, scholars, and intellectuals from every background with a shared passion for America’s music. Students are encouraged to approach jazz with a broad lens and develop their own topics, drawing on approaches that include performance; composition; popular music; histories of race, gender, and sexuality; film; world musical traditions; and more. 

Graduates of the program

Graduates of our program have gone on to complete doctorates in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and related fields. Others teach at community colleges and have used their degrees to enhance their credentials as teachers, performers, or archivists.

The required 12-course curriculum covers topics such as music historiography, jazz analysis, archival research, in-depth studies of individual musicians, and critical approaches drawn from fields such as American studies, gender studies, and critical histories of race. In addition to required courses, many students choose to play in the jazz ensemble. Also, private theory study, one-day writing workshops and/or a semester-long writing seminar may be required, at our discretion, in addition to the required 12 courses. At the end of the coursework each student takes a final comprehensive exam and completes a master’s thesis.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Historiography
  • The Literature of Jazz
  • Jazz Theory
  • Theory
  • Topics: Coltrane
  • Topics: Jazz and Race
  • Thesis
  • Big Bands

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • One research or analysis paper on any topic as a writing sample. An undergraduate paper is fine, and it does not even have to be about music–the point is to show that you write well in English.
  • A short recording of your playing any kind of music (classical is fine) to demonstrate your level of musical competence.
  • A page of sheet music that they have written or transcribed to demonstrate knowledge of notation. It need not be transcribed–we will teach you how to do that. That is only mentioned as an option. It can be anything that you wrote out by hand or in Finale.
  • In your personal statement tell us about your background in music, and why you want to join our program.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15072 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15072 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    15072 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15072 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    8868 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8868 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Newark

935 - 1600 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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