Graduate Program Music

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Music Master's Degree Overview

Have a strong musical foundation but want more scholarly exploration? A master’s in Music will help you advance your artistry to the next level.

Our program offers a comprehensive curriculum in music literature, orchestration, conducting, and research methods, with an emphasis on music history. In this program, you will immerse yourself in the world of music and receive individualized applied lessons in primary and secondary areas of choice.

Our dedicated faculty provides mentorship to all our students and both nurtures and challenges growth from graduate students.

Degree Details

  • M
    On campus
    Total Credits
    Start Term
    Fall, Winter, Spring

Music Master's Degree: Why PSU?

The city of Portland is well-known for its exciting live music scene and hosts a number of world-class music festivals every year. Within this lively atmosphere are talented musicians who call Portland their home.

As a graduate student in music, you have the freedom to choose from a range of music courses to deepen your knowledge—from composition to musicology, theory to pedagogy—for your final project.

We are proud to be a national College of Distinction for our commitment to helping students to succeed. At PSU, you will gain the experience and knowledge you need to make a difference in your career and community.

What can I do with a Master's degree in Music?

Most of our alumni go on to pursue a doctorate or a career as a teacher or church musician. Related careers include:

  • arts administrator
  • arts writer
  • composer
  • music entrepreneur
  • artistic director

Featured Courses

  • MUS 476 Computer Music Composition
  • MUS 481 Pedagogy
  • MUS 484 Music with Children
  • MUS 502 Independent Study
  • MUS 506 Graduate Project or Recital
  • MUS 411 Topics in Music History


  • MUS 445 Business of Music
  • MUS 428 Opera Production
  • MUS 474 Midi Applications
  • MUS 490 Fundamentals of Acting for Singers
  • MUS 567 Jazz History


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).