12 months
1458 USD/credit 43740 USD/year
1458 USD/credit 43740 USD/year
1095 USD/credit 32850 USD/year
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Develop a thorough understanding of contemporary practices, theories and techniques in music composition, and learn to express yourself through creative musical thought with the Master of Music in Music Composition from Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance.


The Music Composition, graduate-level program at Temple University focuses on the studies of innovation and craft, research, and expressive effect for traditional instrumental and vocal forces. Composition students also explore experimental music through the prisms of both electroacoustic music and visual music, which is the creation of visual art using sound data translated via coding and algorithms.

Master of Music in Composition students learn to assess works of music within the contemporary cultural context and then use that understanding to create their own aurally inventive compositions.

Future Career

At the completion of the program, students present a portfolio of compositions demonstrating notational fluency and the ability to compose convincing and intelligible music.

The program prepares students for various careers related to music, as well as for further academic and musical training at the doctoral level.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Computer Synthesis
  • Seminar in Composition
  • Seminar in Theoretical Analysis
  • Seminar in Stylistic Analysis
  • Research in Music

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Research your graduate degree program
  • Complete online application
  • Letters of Reference: 2
  • Coursework Required for Admission Consideration
  • Statement of Goals: Include your special interests within the discipline and expectations for the program.
  • Portfolio: The composition portfolio should demonstrate the student's skills in music composition.
  • Resume: Current resume required.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    43740 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1458 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    43740 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1458 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    32850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1095 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

1313 - 2284 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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