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Music Theory

Temple University

12 months
1458 USD/credit
1458 USD/credit
1095 USD/credit
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Study the current analytical trends in music theory and its applications with the Master of Music in Music Theory in Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance.


Housed within the Department of Music Studies, this master’s program is organized into a series of small seminars. Through discussion and research, you will build strong analytical skills and develop the tools to apply music theory in the academic environment. The program culminates in a comprehensive examination and a written project that is 30 to 40 pages in length. You will have six years to complete the 32-credit-hour master’s degree on a full- or part-time basis.

To apply to this program, you should be able to read a foreign language, have a well-rounded background in music history and theory, and be proficient in writing. Learn to apply the knowledge and skills you gain through your studies to composition, performance, research, teaching or therapy.

Future Career

Graduates of the Music Theory at Temple University are prepared to pursue further academic study at the doctoral level. Others become professional composers or performers.

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research in Music
  • Canon and Fugue
  • Seminar in Theoretical Analysis 
  • Seminar in Theoretical Analysis 
  • Current Topics in Musicology and Theory
  • Final Written Project: Music Theory 

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


32 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.
  • Resume: Current resume required.
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

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

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

    1095 USD/credit
    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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