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MA Composition

Catalog id : 00315
 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
2 Years
 Start month
August

 Tuition fee

International
22674 USD
National
7537 USD

Application fee

International 80 USD
National 75 USD
Department
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)88
TOEFL-PBT (min)560
GRE (avg)310
GMAT (avg)702
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About this course

A distinguished faculty of internationally known composers empowers students with guidance and encouragement in the search of the student's individual voice and creative goals. Our students achieve at the highest level by creating cutting-edge work that explores a wide range of creative media and styles. Alumni continue our tradition of artistic excellence, holding teaching positions across the globe, performing and composing at the top of the field, and contributing in a meaningful way to a diverse range of communities.

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Eligibility Criteria

Specific Course Requirements:

  • Prerequisities for admission include a bachelor's degree equivalent to that from the University of Michigan. Acceptance is based primarily upon the quality of composition as demonstrated through musical scores submitted by the applicant. All applicants for graduate admission must have achieved either a four-year undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (where A = 4.0) or a grade point average of at least 3.2 for the final two years of undergraduate study.

General Requirements :

The University of Michigan requires a high level of proficiency in English, so that all students are able to participate fully in University life, both in and out of class. Applicants that do not speak English as their native language are required to provide proof of English proficiency.

Testing requirements
Who must take an English Proficiency test?
All transfer applicants that do not speak English as their native language must provide proof of English proficiency. The English proficiency requirement is not based on citizenship. Non-native speakers of English must submit current, official test scores from TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS to complete a transfer application.

Exemptions
Exceptions to the English proficiency tests include only lifetime residents of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States (other than Puerto Rico). Students who have recently and successfully completed at least 4 years of rigorous academic studies in one of the countries listedmight also be exempted if SAT critical reading scores are in the mid-600 range.

Applicants that meet the above criteria and wish to request an exemption from the English proficiency requirement must present SAT scores and send a written request containing full name, U-M ID and requested term of enrollment to:

University of Michigan
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
515 East Jefferson Street
1220 Student Activities Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

Accepted English Proficiency tests
The University accepts the results of the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing System (IELTS). The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) is not accepted.

Generally accepted minimum scores
English proficiency scores are one component in the overall review of an application. Generally accepted minimum scores for each of the accepted tests are:

  • MELAB: 80-85 range with section scores of at least 80
  • TOEFL (PBT): 570-600 range with section scores of at least 57
  • TOEFL (iBT): 88-100 range with section scores of at least 23 in listening and reading, and at least 21 in speaking and writing
  • IELTS: 6.5-7.0 range with section scores of at least 6.5

Sending test scores
Test scores are valid for two years from the date an application is received. Expired scores will not be accepted. Copies of test scores or scores submitted by applicants are not accepted. Only test scores received directly from the testing agency will be accepted. TOEFL scores are not accepted unless received directly from ETS. The U-M Ann Arbor TOEFL code is 1839.

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Course Modules

Minimum Number of Credits Required: 30 credit hours.

8 credit hours in composition; 8 credit hours in music outside composition (performance is recommended); 8 credit hours in a minor field outside music.

Thesis: A short work for orchestra composed while in residence.

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How to Apply

Prepare Your Application

Minimum Requirements

  • Applicants complete a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or Complete an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants are required to provide an official score report. Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores will not be accepted.
  • Persons holding master’s or doctoral degrees are usually not eligible to apply for study in the field of specialization and level for which they already have a degree.

Statements and Curriculum Vitae or Resume

The academic statement of purpose, the personal statement, and a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume work together to give a fuller picture of your interests, motivations, and experiences. These 3 documents must be uploaded to the ApplyWeb application.

  • Formatting
  • Include at the top of each document:
  • The type of document (Academic Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, or Curriculum Vitae orResume)
  • Your name
  • The name of the graduate program
  • Your 8 digit U-M ID (if known)
  • Make sure margins are at least one-inch so nothing is cropped when you upload the documents to the application.

Letters of recommendation :

When you register your recommenders in the ApplyWeb application, each recommender will receive an e-mail notification to complete the recommendation form through ApplyWeb.
Letters of recommendation must be received no later than the graduate program application deadline.

Tips :

  • You will need each recommender’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, institution or employer, and title.
  • Under the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, if you check "yes" to waive your right to see this document, you will not be granted access to this information as an enrolled student. It is recommended you check the waiver box “yes” for each recommender. Many recommenders will not submit a letter if you select “no.” You will not be able to change the waiver status once your recommender has signed into their recommendation account.

Resources for Prospective Graduate Students with Disabilities

  • Rackham Graduate School is dedicated to helping all graduate students at the University of Michigan with the resources they need to be academically and personally successful. As part of this mission, we seek to provide information and resources to students based on their different gifts, abilities and backgrounds.
  • Prospective students are encouraged to visit campus, sit in on classes, meet with other students in the program, and to contact Rackham or the prospective department regarding any disability-related questions or concerns. In the preparation of your graduate school application, please keep in mind that disclosure of a disability is completely voluntary and will be kept confidential. This information is only used for accommodation purposes.
  • If you have a psychological disability that could interfere with your academic success, it is important that you have your condition evaluated by a mental health professional. This evaluation is required for obtaining accommodations specific to students with disabilities. If possible, it is advisable that this evaluation be sought prior to enrollment, which will enable an earlier receipt of support and services as you transition into the academic and campus community.

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