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Music History, M.Mus.

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Philadelphia, PA, United States
Delve deep into the rich, evolutionary history of music, and expand your knowledge of historical composers, eras and literature with a Master of Music in Music History in Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. 


Program Overview

Form the foundation you need to pursue a doctoral degree in musicology and professional careers in the evolving music industry.

The Music History curriculum at Temple University emphasizes research procedures essential to the musical history profession. You’ll study a broad range of analytical and compositional techniques, as well as musical practice and theory. Focus your studies on traditional western music history topics spanning antiquity through modern day, and explore an array of genres from classical to hip-hop and Renaissance to Romantic-era music. You can also conduct independent studies alongside Boyer’s experienced, passionate faculty.

In Music History courses, you’ll investigate:

  • analysis of opera,
  • classical music,
  • Mozart's Piano Concerti and
  • Stravinsky's Russian Period.

The degree requirements are completed on Temple’s Main Campus over the course of six years, on either a part-time or full-time basis.

Graduate students can teach music labs and private lessons, participate in ensembles, and perform at university events.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research in Music
  • Seminar in Theoretical Analysis
  • Seminar in Stylistic Analysis
  • Current Topics in Musicology and Theory
  • Fin Writ Proj: Mus Hist

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

  • Credits
    32 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Research your graduate degree program
  • Complete online application
  • Submit your supporting credentials (Statement of Goals, Transcripts, Standardized Test Scores, Letters of Recommendation, Résumé, Portfolio, Audition or Interview)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1423 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1423 USD per credit and a duration of 72 months.
  • National

    1423 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1423 USD per credit and a duration of 72 months.
  • In-State

    1068 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1068 USD per credit and a duration of 72 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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