Studyportals

Composition and Theory

University of Pittsburgh

M.A.
24 months
Duration
24666 USD/year
24666 USD/year
13198 USD/year
Unknown
Tuition fee
Unknown
Apply date
Unknown
Start date

About

Students in composition and theory combine private composition lessons with seminars in composition, analysis, orchestration, and related topics. We offer a master degree in Composition and Theory a the University of Pittsburgh. 

Overview

The IonSound Project, the music department's ensemble-in-residence, gives a concert of works by graduate student composers each spring. Residencies by other professional new music ensembles, in conjunction with the department's new music series Music on the Edge, provide additional opportunities for the reading and recording of student works. 

We offer a master degree in Composition and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra also frequently performs students' works. Each year the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Composer-of-the-Year chooses one local student work to be read by the Orchestra. Department of Music facilities include a well-equipped electroacoustic music studio, and professional quality live recordings are made during performances in Bellefield Hall Auditorium.

Because of the nature of the program, our student composers can also experiment with intercultural composition, incorporating non-Western instruments or musics. Most students also pursue interests in some facet of historical musicology or ethnomusicology, and some participate in our Western and non-Western performance organizations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • MA Thesis
  • Music in Africa
  • Music in Latin America
  • Music in East Asia
  • Music in Southeast Asia
  • Music in South Asia

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Credits

60 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
Required

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.
90
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).
7

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application form and $75 application fee.
  • Statement of purpose, an essay of about two pages that describes the applicant's academic background and professional goals.
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all higher education institutions attended. 
  • CV or Resumé.
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably by persons who have taught the applicant in subjects related to the four research subdisciplines, rather than in performance lessons.
  • GREs are no longer required by the Department of Music .
  • Samples of work.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13198 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13198 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.

Funding

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.

Fresh content

Updated in the last 6 months

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Our partners

Composition and Theory
-
University of Pittsburgh

Wishlist