Music Degree

California State University Long Beach

3588 USD/year
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The Master of Music Degree program at California State University Long Beach provides professional concentrations in Composition, Conducting-Instrumental, Conducting-Choral, Jazz Studies, Opera Performance and Instrumental/Vocal Performance.


The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts or Master of Music Degree at California State University Long Beach. The candidate should arrange for counseling with the Graduate Advisor through the Conservatory office. Special placement examinations or auditions are required to validate qualifications for graduate work in music.

Career Possibilities:

  • Performer
  • Choral Director
  • Instrumental Conductor
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Director
  • Composer/Arranger
  • Copyist
  • Musical Instrument Sales Representative
  • Music Librarian
  • Music Critic
  • Music Editor
  • Performing Arts Manager

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods
  • Seminar in Musical Analysis
  • Thesis or Project
  • Graduate Composition
  •  Research Methods 
  • Literature and Aesthetics of Interactive Media
  • Chamber Music: Laptop Ensemble

Master of Music Concentrations:

  • Composition
  • Composition with Interactive Technology
  • Instrumental
  • Choral
  • Jazz Studies
  • Opera Performance
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Piano Performance
  • Vocal Performance

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  •  A Bachelor of Music degree, or a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music or a bachelor's degree, from an accredited institution, with a minimum of 24 upper division units of music comparable to those required at this University;
  •  The student must request all institutions of higher learning attended to send official copies of transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions and Records and another set to the Conservatory of Music Graduate Advisor. 
  • All applicants are required to complete the Bob Cole Conservatory Graduate Placement Examination before they register for courses applicable to the Master of Music degree

Tuition Fee

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    3588 USD/year
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  • National

    3588 USD/year
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