Graduate Programs: More Information
Master of Arts in Music (Composition, Ethnomusicology,
Musicology, or Music Theory)
One Annual Application Deadline: January 15 for September program start.
Notification of admission decisions will be made by March 15 for applications
that are received by the deadline.
GRE General Test scores required.
Applicants intending to focus on Ethnomusicology, Musicology, or
Theory should submit a representative writing sample.
Applicants who would concentrate on Composition should submit at
least one representative score (and a recording of that score) along
with a work list.
All applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in music,
or the equivalent as determined by the admissions committee.
Provisionally accepted students may be asked to complete remedial
courses if their preparation is considered inadequate.
The ten academic courses (minimum) required to complete the two-year Master of Arts in Music
follow the general rule that five courses will be taken within a concentration
(including capstone project, which typically is taken as a course in the first
or second semester of the second year), and three outside the concentration. In
other words, composers might be encouraged to sample courses such as African
Music Systems, Research in Musicology, and Contemporary Concert Music in
addition to four semesters of Composition Seminar and Thesis. In like fashion,
ethnomusicologists, musicologists, and theorists will be encouraged to synergize
with serious, related ideas outside their concentrations. Tufts University is
unusually strong in the areas of music cognition, linguistics, sociology, and
the anthropology of music; students are invited to sample from these and many
other offerings along with their core courses.
All concentrators are heartily encouraged to participate in one or more of the
any performance ensembles that are a lynchpin of our Music Department, although
only one performance course credit may be applied toward the graduate degree
(others may be taken officially for no credit). There are also ample
pportunities for intellectual and musical engagement on an informal basis at
Tufts, including an auspicious Monday Colloquium Series and periodic Graduate
Discussion Groups that address areas of interest across the sub-disciplines.
The Master of Arts in Music program requires
reading proficiency in a foreign language. This requirement can be fulfilled by
successfully completing certain approved courses or by taking a proficiency exam
(approximately two hours in length). Foreign language exams are scheduled in
September, January and April. Arrangements for taking an exam may be made by
Information about visiting, the admissions process, application
deadlines, requirements & policies and more.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) provides
resources to departments to offer, on average, a half tuition
scholarship to each accepted student. Students who receive half
scholarships pay tuition for the first year and not the second.
Students can be accepted with full tuition scholarship or with none.
The GSAS also provides a fund to departments to offer stipends to
graduate students for teaching assistantships. The Music Department
typically offers annual stipend amounts ranging from $3000 to $6000
as compensation for graduate student teaching assignments. These
funds are separate from tuition scholarships. Some students do not
receive teaching assignments, especially in the first semester of
the program. Assignments are made according to
interest/concentration and ability, and according to departmental
Graduate Student Handbook
Published annually, the Graduate Student Handbook contains important
dates, policies and procedures, requirements, and graduation
information concerning current Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers competitive
opportunities for travel funds (for conferences) and research funds
(field projects, travel to research institutions, etc.)
Director of Graduate Studies –
Stephan Pennington, Associate Professor of Music, 617-627-2619 or email
For application inquires or to request further information, contact
Julia Cavallaro at 617.627.3564 or email
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