The Tufts University Department of Music has a growing and innovative graduate program and offers a Master of Arts degree in the field. Graduate students in the Music Department have the unique opportunity to study broadly across four exciting sub-disciplines:

  • Composition
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Musicology
  • Theory

Advanced course work and thesis research support are strong in Western classical music, African-American music, and World Music (Africa, East, and Southeast Asia, and Latin America).

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to write and speak critically about music and/or for composers demonstrate with music critical knowledge of its cultural and historical contexts.
  • Cultivate advance research and technical skills pertinent to the student's chosen area of music study and gain exposure to other contrasting research methods.
  • Through presentations of original research and/or performance of original artistic work, demonstrate through communicative commitment a thorough awareness linking academic knowledge production and community/civic engagement.
  • Prepare for career pathways in music and develop an individualized set of objectives in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Application Requirements

  • Application fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • GRE no longer required for Fall 2019
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
  • Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Applicants intending to concentrate on ethnomusicology, musicology, or music theory should submit a writing sample
  • Applicants intending to concentrate on composition should submit at least one score
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Last updated June 3, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
2 years
52,724 USD
per year.
Jan 15, 2020
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