Graduate Programs: More Information
Master of Arts in Music (Composition, Ethnomusicology,
Musicology, or Music Theory)
One Annual Application Deadline: February 1 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 eight 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 Thesis,
which 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
many offerings along with their core courses.
A maximum of ten credits can be taken during the two-year program
(including the eight required credits). There is an extra tuition
charge to take more courses beyond those ten.
All concentrators are heartily encouraged to participate in one or
more of the many performance ensembles that are a lynchpin of our
Music Department, though ensemble courses do not bear credit toward
the graduate degree and should be taken officially for no credit.
There are also ample opportunities 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). To schedule an
exam time, contact Gina Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org)
in the Graduate School Office.
Tuition, Scholarships, Stipends
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
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.). Please
Graduate Study website for details and application forms.
The Office of Graduate Studies serves the Graduate School of Arts
and Sciences (GSAS). From the office’s website, visitors can find
information about applying to graduate programs, expenses and
financial aid, application requirements and deadlines, and much
more. Links to some of the information on the site are provided
How to Apply
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Contact the Office of Graduate Studies
Request a Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Catalog
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
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or audit, in up to four undergraduate or graduate courses per
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Director of Graduate Studies –
David Locke, Associate Professor of Music, 617-627-2419 or email
For application inquires or to request further information, contact
Lucille Jones at 617.627.3564 or email
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