What will I learn?

CSUSB's BA in Music provides a broad study of music balanced with significant general studies in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. The core of required music courses provides a foundation in music theory, history, ensemble participation, and an applied area of study (instrumental or vocal performance, composition, or technology), while General Education courses balance musical study with significant exposure to many other disciplines. Additionally, the degree's free electives allow students to pursue study in areas of particular interest, including, with the permission of a music advisor, the substitution of courses from disciplines outside of music. Students are encouraged to consider completion of a minor as part of their elective study.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcome #1: Written Analysis of Music - Graduates from our program acquire a strong and widely applicable understanding of the foundational techniques of Western common-practice music theory, allowing them to analyze examples from the repertory both harmonically and formally, and to apply these abilities creatively in personal projects.

Program Learning Outcome #2: General Musicianship Ability - CSUSB musicians develop key musicianship skills through training in aural dictation and sight reading, keyboard proficiency courses, and private instruction in instrumental and vocal performance.

Program Learning Outcome #3: Historical and Cultural Understanding of Music - Our graduates cultivate a nuanced understanding of diverse Western and global musical practices, demonstrating a sensitivity towards a variety of cultural approaches and an ability to interpret and critique music from the perspectives of multiple fields

Program Learning Outcome #4: Communicating About Music - Our students gain experience in communicating with wide audiences in the musical world and are equipped to not only engage in academic research, but also to produce effective grant proposals, appealing websites, engaging program notes, and captivating educational videos and podcasts—all essential for success in a variety of musical careers.

Program Learning Outcome #5: Continuing Growth of Technical Skills and Artistic Expression - Our students demonstrate a highly creative technical proficiency and artistry as singers, instrumentalists, or composers, and engage with their audiences through a variety of performance platforms, enhancing both traditional and contemporary genres.

Program Learning Outcome #6: Artistic Collaborations and Applications - Our graduates engage in collaborative learning and peer instruction that champions artistic cooperation across all of the arts in education, performance, and cultural diversity initiatives.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Letters

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$16,722.00 per year
The given fees includes non-resident tuition fee of USD $396/unit
Application deadline

25 July 2022

Start date

22 August 2022


College of Arts and Letters

University Hall, Room 237 (UH-237),



92407, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Coursework equivalent to senior high school in the U.S; Academic Requirements: Minimum 2.5 overall GPA

For international students

Coursework equivalent to senior high school in the U.S

Academic Requirements:

Minimum 2.5 overall GPA

TOEFL (iBT 61 or PBT 500) or IELTS (5.5 total band score)

Application Deadline: Spring : January 4; Fall: July 25

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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