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Graduate Studies

Welcome from the Director of Graduate Studies

We are a four-field department with a world-class faculty, offering the M.A. in composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, and music theory. Our small size allows you the ability to create a tailored program of study specific to your academic interests and future goals, including interdisciplinary projects that don't easily fall within traditional lines. Our program encourages both the immersion in a chosen field as well as creative thinking across disciplines and exploration of the relationships between music, sound, and culture.

The Music department is housed in the beautiful Perry and Mary Granoff Music Center which has classrooms, rehearsal spaces, a music library, a first-rate recital hall, a world music room, a music technology lab, and dedicated spaces for graduate students to work and socialize. Students also have access to the large collection in the Lilly Music Library. Our facilities help foster a strong sense of community among students and faculty, creating a collaborative and engaging learning community.

Members of our faculty have national and international reputations in a broad range of subjects and have held leadership positions in academic societies and academic journals. We also value teaching and mentor our graduate students in teaching through Teaching Assistantships when available. Additionally, our relationship with the New England Conservatory and our membership in the Graduate Consortium means that students may also take courses at the New England Conservatory, Boston University, Boston College, and Brandeis University. Students may also take advantage of Tufts membership in the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality. The opportunities at Tufts are expansive and exciting.

If a Ph.D. is your ultimate goal, we have a stellar record of placing students in their top-choice doctoral programs. Over the past five years students have been accepted to Yale, Princeton, Harvard, the University of Chicago, UCLA, University of Virginia, King's College London, University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Toronto, among others. Our master's program also prepares students for non-academic careers; our graduates have gone on to careers in K-12 teaching, music management, music librarianship, and the non-profit sector.

We would be excited to have you join our music community. For more information, please contact our Director of Graduate Studies, Stephan Pennington.