Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y.)

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

Music (MM)


PO Box 6000

Binghamton, NY 13902

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Music degree program at Binghamton University offers high-quality, intense study of music within a liberal-arts environment at one of the top public universities in the Northeast United States. Graduate music students receive personal attention from nationally and internationally renowned faculty, and students have numerous opportunities to work with guest artists through workshops, master classes, reading sessions and performances.

Graduates of Binghamton University’s MM program have performed in major opera houses, received national awards in performance and composition, gone on to doctoral studies at major universities and conservatories, and found success as educators.

Our Master of Music program consists of five concentrations:

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • History and Literature
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Vocal Performance


There is also a separate Opera track for those who seek special focus on the theatrical opportunities of music. Whichever path you pursue, we have over thirty experienced faculty to illuminate the subject and open you up to new experiences. We have a symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, and jazz ensemble, as well as three choral groups and an African Dance/drumming ensemble.

The graduate music program is small; students receive personal attention from faculty and quality performance opportunities. Our graduates have gone on to perform in major opera houses around the world.


Binghamton University - SUNY is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for graduate study, you must: Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following: You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University Have earned, at minimum, one of the following: A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

International Student Requirements:

International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.) Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic/Duolingo* scores) *In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School at Binghamton University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English Test as proof of English proficiency for applications to the fall 2020 semester.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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