Music History

Temple University

72 months
1423 USD/credit
1423 USD/credit
1068 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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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

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines




32 alternative credits


On Campus

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

  • 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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Music History
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