University of California - Santa Cruz

Division of Graduate Studies



Music Center

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Music, D.M.A. in Music Composition, Ph.D. in Music

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Arts degree with emphasis in composition, ethnomusicology or performance practice integrates theoretical and historical background with practical experience in diverse performance traditions and creative practices. The Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in composition, with tracks in computer-assisted composition and world music composition, aims to develop accomplished, active and articulate composers with a broad awareness of the diverse styles, cultural influence, media, venues, and technical means available to them in the 21st century. The Ph.D. in Music degree program provides students with an integrative framework for music scholarship, emphasizing the ways in which musicology and ethnomusicology interact and complement one another.


The University of California, Santa Cruz, is accredited by the Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the regional accrediting association. The institution is a member of the Association of American Colleges and is listed in the official publications of the U.S. Department of Education. The University of California, Santa Cruz holds membership in other professional and academic organizations.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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