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What will I learn?

Thirty units of graduate work are required; a minimum of 15 units (excluding thesis or project) must be at the 500 level or higher. All students must satisfy the specified requirements of their major department. Students must complete at least 26 semester units at USC, including the thesis or recital. A grade point average of not less than 3.0 (A = 4.0) is required for all graduate courses in music, and a grade of B or higher is required for all courses in the major department. Students who transfer credits must achieve this average on all combined transferred and residence units.

Curriculum Requirements

MUEN 505 Vocal Jazz Ensemble Units: 1 or

MUEN 529 Jazz Ensemble Units: 1 (4 units total)

MUEN 532 Jazz Chamber Music Units: 1 (4)

MUHL 570 Research Materials and Techniques Units: 2

MUHL 578 Music since 1900 Units: 2

MUHL electives at the 500 level Units: 2 units total

MUJZ 443 Jazz Pedagogy Units: 2 or

MUJZ 545 Jazz Ensemble Development Units: 2, 2 years

MUJZ 547 Jazz Composition Units: 2

MUJZ 553 Individual Instruction Units: 1 or 2 (8 units total)

Electives Units: 4 units total

Two graduate recitals Units: 0

Comprehensive review Units: 0

Which department am I in?

USC Thornton School of Music

Study options

Full Time (30 units)

Tuition fees
US$57,256.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


University of Southern California

University Park Campus,



90089, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree earned at an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education.

For international students

The applicant must hold a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in jazz studies or its equivalent.

Applicants to master's 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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