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Master of Music in Composition California State University Northridge



Course info


The Master of Music Option in Composition offers a full range of opportunities to study the art of music composition at the graduate level (entrance portfolio and interview required). The option is designed for students interested in pursuing advanced studies in contemporary music styles and techniques, as well as composers interested in pursuing a teaching career in higher education.

Student Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of all requirements for the Master of Music degree, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Continuing development of professional and scholarly competence within their area of specialization.
  • Continuing development of individual talent, musical interests and philosophies to be used creatively to preserve and extend the cultural heritage of music.
  • Artistic and intellectual rigor in the organization, interpretation, communication and dissemination of musical knowledge.
  • Pedagogical skills fundamental to their area of specialization applicable across a variety of music and music-related professions.
  • Professional competence in the execution of business processes and practices commonly employed within their area of specialization.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Music in Composition.

Full Time (30 units)

Tuition fees

USD $4,203 for seven or more units per semester plus USD $396 per unit for International student; given tuition fee may be subject to change in future


21 Jan, 22 Aug


Mike Curb College of Arts Media and Communication

Nordhoff Hall/Cypress Hall Bridge,

18111 Nordhoff Street,



91330, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Bachelor’s degree, including preparation equivalent to the undergraduate Music major.

IELTS Academic - International English Language Test System: 6.5 or higher

PTE Academic - Pearson’s Test of English: 58 or higher

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language: Internet Based score: 79; Paper-based score: 550

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

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