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BA Music

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

76000 USD
76000 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Department of Music
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)35
SAT (avg)600
ACT (avg)1500

World University Ranking

About this course

To study music in the College of the University of Chicago is to enter into an environment in which path-breaking scholarship and cutting-edge composition are joined to a celebration of musical performance in all its many forms.

Students combine the rich liberal-arts education offered by the College with intensive study of the theory, history, and cultural context of music, as well as with many opportunities to create and perform music at a high level.

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Eligibility Criteria

The documents necessary for a valid application are mentioned in the "How to Apply" Section.

Transcripts, test scores, secondary school reports, and recommendations are considered official only if they come directly from your school, teachers, counselors, or other recommenders. Any of these materials submitted by the applicant are unofficial, and won’t count toward our application requirements.

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Course Modules

BA Program Requirements

The program for the bachelor's degree in music offers a balance of practical, historical, and conceptual approaches to music.

Students are required to earn at least 1200 units of music course work and participate for at least three quarters in one of the Music Department's major ensembles (numbered MUSI 17000-MUSI 17999).

Students should begin the major by taking the three-quarter, 300-unit sequence MUSI 15100-15200-15300 Harmony and Voice Leading. Students follow this introductory sequence with the following:

MUSI 27100-27200-27300 Topics in the History of Western Music I-II-III, a yearlong sequence that covers topics in the history of Western art music,
MUSI 23300 Introduction to the Social and Cultural Study of Music,
MUSI 28500 Musicianship Skills, a yearlong course (see below for details), and
Four additional courses numbered MUSI 20000 or above.

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How to Apply

The following Application Materials are to be submitted by the student to be considered for Undergraduate Admission:

  • Application For Admission: UChicago accepts the Coalition Application, Universal Application, or Common Application
  • Application Fee ($75) or Automatic Fee Waiver
  • Secondary School Report and Transcript
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Midyear Report (first-year applicants only)
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores (international applicants only) (PBT: 600, IBT: 100, IELTS: 7.0)
  • College Official's Report and Transcript (transfer students only)

Optional Components

  • Financial Aid Application
  • Interview
  • Supplemental Materials

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