Program Details

Balances aesthetic goals and a pragmatic approach to vocational responsibility within the context of American jazz.
Philadelphia, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Performing Arts

Program Overview

Program Description:
Designed to give students the opportunity to focus on individual career goals, the MM in Jazz Studies program is open to a small but highly advanced group of students who have an undergraduate degree in jazz studies or an undergraduate degree in music with significant experience in jazz and contemporary music, or an equivalent degree or experience. Students are offered advanced private instruction in their major area to develop professional-level artistry and skills, as well as opportunities for internships and ensemble performances. In addition to developing as improvisers and instrumentalists, students explore different career options within the music field, and are encouraged to engage in research, writing, analysis, current technology, and the development of pedagogical skills that will greatly increase their options for success upon graduation. The MM in Jazz Studies is a 32-credit degree-granting program that can be completed in one academic year. Besides private instrumental instruction, students take coursework in arranging, composing, transcribing and analyzing jazz and contemporary music; MIDI and music technology; music journalism and jazz pedagogy. The program requires a final project that includes a thesis and recital. The project integrates in-depth research on a topic of special relevance with personal musical growth, culminating in a public performance.

Additional Program Information

The University of the Arts is authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to grant degrees in the visual, performing and related arts, and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; telephone: 276-284-5000). The College of Art and Design is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design, and the Industrial Designers' Society of America. The School of Music is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Financial Aid:
A completed graduate application form, plus $60 application fee; official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended; three letters of recommendation; a one- to two-page statement of professional plans and goals; GRE scores recommended but not required; a personal interview with the program director or chairperson; audition.
International Requirements:
Applicants must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 92 (IBT) or 580 (PBT), a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or complete Level 9 in the University’s ESL Institute. Students who do not meet score minimums may be required to successfully complete an English Language Program prior to matriculation. All applicants with post secondary or university transcripts from outside the United States are required to submit an official evaluation for each transcript. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) mandates that all foreign students applying for (or transferring their current) F-1 student visa sponsorship show sufficient funding for at least one year of study. A Certification of Finances form will be sent to you upon receipt of your application. The Certification of Finances is not required to make an offer of admission however, the I-20 form cannot be issued without a valid Certification of Finances.