Music, M.A. | University of California, Santa Cruz | Santa Cruz, United States
24 months
15102 USD/year
15102 USD/year
14178 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Music from University of California, Santa Cruz has emphases in composition, musicology/ethnomusicology, or performance practice, and integrates studies in performance, composition/analysis, and research. 


Music from University of California, Santa Cruz seeks to maintain a balance of skills and interests and to encourage a diversity of approaches among its graduate students. In consultation with a faculty adviser, the student pursues a two-year course of studies culminating in a final project that combines an original composition, written thesis, or essay with a related public performance or lecture recital. The student’s role in the performance may range from that of a performer or conductor to that of a coach (of original compositions or a selected repertoire).

Graduates with Music from University of California, Santa Cruz will demonstrate proficiency in:

  • critical thinking about music history and culture
  • oral and written communication skills about music
  • critical thinking about musical language
  • producing creative/performance outputs
  • producing research outputs

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History of Music Theory from the Greeks through Rameau
  • Tonal and Post-tonal Analysis
  • Techniques in Composition
  • Music Composition
  • Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts
  • Supplemental Materials
  • Recommendations 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation are required, up to 5 may be submitted. 
  • Statement of Purpose: Please describe your plans for graduate study or research and for your future occupation or profession. Include any information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and qualifications for graduate study at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Recommended length is a concise 2-4 pages.
  • Personal History Statement
  • Composition scores (Composition Emphasis only)
  • Recordings (Composition or Performance Practice Emphasis only)
  • Writing sample (e.g., term paper or senior thesis).
  • Résumé

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15102 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 15102 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    15102 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15102 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    14178 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14178 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Santa Cruz

1710 - 2560 USD /month
Living costs

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