Graduate students in Tufts Master of Arts in Music have the unique opportunity to study broadly across five exciting sub-disciplines—composition, conducting, ethnomusicology, musicology, and theory—while receiving a focused training in one of them.
The MA program's small size allows you to create a tailored program of study specific to your academic interests and future goals, including interdisciplinary projects that don't easily fall within traditional lines. The program encourages both immersion in a chosen field as well as creative thinking across disciplines.
As a student in the MA in Music Program, you will learn to communicate critically about music, develop knowledge of its cultural and historical contexts, and master advanced research skills. You will have the opportunity to perform original artistic work and conduct original research in a setting that emphasizes the link between academic knowledge and civic engagement.
The Tufts Music Program has a strong track record of placing students in their top-choice doctoral programs. Over the past several years, students have been accepted to Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Duke, the University of Chicago, UCLA, University of Virginia, King's College London, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Maryland, University of Toronto, University of Washington, and New England Conservatory, among others.
The Master's Program in Music also prepares students for non-academic careers. Our graduates have gone on to positions in K-12 teaching, music management, music librarianship, music performance, film, sound recording, music technology industries, and the nonprofit sector.
See Tuition and Financial Aid information for GSAS Programs. Note: This program is eligible for federal loans and Tufts tuition scholarships.
As a graduate student in music, you will have the opportunity to study across five exciting subdisciplines, while receiving focused training in one of them. The subdisciplines include:
Advanced course work and thesis research support is especially strong in Western classical music, African-American music, and World Music (Africa, East and Southeast Asia, and Latin America).