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M.A. / PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Music University of California, Santa Barbara


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The Department of Music is designed to provide a sound musical education to students wishing to fulfill themselves as performers, scholars, or teachers, as well as other musical pursuits. To achieve this aim, the music program provides intensive training in mutually dependent areas as related components of a total music experience: history of music, composition, theory, and performance.

The Department of Music offers the degrees of: M.A. and Ph.D. in composition, ethnomusicology, musicology and theory.

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Full Time (A total of 60.0 units are required for the M.A. program; Ph.D. is six years.)

Tuition fees

$15,102.00 (11,06,968) per year


26 Sep, 01 Oct


College of Letters and Science

2217 Cheadle Hall, MC 2080,

University of California, Santa Barbara,



93106, United States

Entry requirement for international students

To be considered for admission to UCSB, applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent (with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better) from an accredited university prior to the quarter for which admission is sought.

Applicants will normally be expected to have a bachelor of arts in music or a bachelor of music degree.

TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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