What will I learn?

This two-year graduate-level program is designed for students who have completed their undergraduate education in music, or its equivalent, and intend to concentrate their energies on the full-time development of their discipline.

Curriculum Requirements

The requirements for this program consist of 16 units of Graduate Certificate Performance (4 units per semester of MPEM 554, MPGU 554, MPKS 554, MPST 554, MPVA 554, MPWP 554 or MUJZ 554). Graduate Certificate Performance encompasses individual instruction, studio class and two ensembles or the equivalent as appropriate to the discipline.

Which department am I in?

USC Thornton School of Music

Study options

Full Time (16 units)

Tuition fees
US$57,256.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


University of Southern California

University Park Campus,



90089, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher; Two years of full-time work experience is preferred; Past work experience will be considered for each applicant.

For international students

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree with a competitive GPA.

Applicants to graduate programs who have attained an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score.

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


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