The Master's degree in Composition is a good program for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in composition and would like to build their portfolio, or for students who are interested in pursuing teaching as a career.
Entering masters students typically majored in composition as an undergraduate student and have several works for different types of ensembles or media in their portfolio. If you are interested in learning more about our graduate program in composition, please contact the .
- Undergraduate degree in music and a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 for the last 60 hours at the undergrad level.
- Submission of three current letters of recommendation.
- Two examples of recent musical compositions in PDF and MP3 formats;
- One example of analytical writing on a musical work.
A complete list of graduate admission requirments to Illinois State University and the School of Music can be found here.
The current Plan of Study for the Master of Music in Composition is available for download.