Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences



415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Graduate programs in Brandeis University's Deaprtment of Music concentrate in two areas: Composition & Theory and Musicology. We invite you to learn more about our programs.

The department offers three degree programs in Composition & Theory and Musicology: ​

  • M.A. (normally one year)
  • M.F.A. (normally two years)
  • Ph.D. (normally two or more years following the completion of M.F.A. requirements).

The programs offer an integrated approach to the understanding of the nature, structural basis, and historical development of music. In Musicology, students may elect to emphasize or concentrate in music history or in theory and analysis. In the music history program, a variety of techniques and methodologies, including style development, source studies, and historiography, are applied to different repertories and historical problems. The theory and analysis program features work in the history of theory as well as analytic work in the context of theory construction involving the evaluation of pretonal, tonal, and contemporary analytic models.

In Composition and Theory, the M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. programs are designed to help students develop a command of the craft of composition. That objective is supported by studies in theory and analysis and in electro-acoustic music. Student's compositions are performed on the New Music Brandeis concerts and by ensembles-in-residence.




Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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