Music, M.A. | University of California, Davis | Davis, United States
12 months
11700 USD/year
11700 USD/year
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The Music program of study at the University of California, Davis, includes composition/theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, and conducting.


Key facts

Composition/theory emphasizes theory, analysis, and composition. Musicology embraces the historical study of musical works, their composers, and the cultures in which they figure, welcoming traditional and contemporary modes of inquiry and emphasizing the acquisition of literary technique and style in the scholarly genres. Ethnomusicology offers rigorous training in the intellectual history of the field, theory, fieldwork, ethnography, and transcription, with faculty expertise in music of the Americas (African American, Latin, and Native American music) and Asia (Korea and Indonesia). Conducting (M.A. only) emphasizes advanced techniques necessary to lead the major orchestral and choral repertoire: issues of contemporary music materials, rehearsal technique, musical analysis, and performance practice. All students of the Music program offered by the University of California, Davis, are encouraged to take part in performance groups sponsored by the department.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Proseminar in Music
  • Topics in Music History
  • Techniques of Analysis
  • Topics in Ethnomusicology
  • Music Composition

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree comparable to a degree from the University of California in both distribution of academic subject matter and scholarly achievement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • A CV (including a list of works conducted, rehearsed, and studied)
  • A list of 30 works for orchestra which the applicant considers to be the most significant from a historical and/or musical standpoint
  • A 10–15 minute DVD (in English) of rehearsal or concert with 2-3 works showing different styles (YouTube links are acceptable in lieu of a physical DVD)

Tuition Fee

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    11700 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 11700 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11700 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Davis

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

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