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Bachelor’s Degrees in Music

15,747 Yearly Graduations
$22,900 Median Salary
$25,500 Median Debt
There are 1,084 schools in the United States where you can get your bachelor's degree in music. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 30% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 6.0% of music graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Music Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 15,747 students earned their bachelor's degree in music. This makes it the 34th most popular bachelor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in music at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 15,747
Master’s Degree 6,038
Associate’s Degree 2,436
Doctor’s Degree 1,402
Graduate Certificate 572
Basic Certificate 441
Undergraduate Certificate 332

Earnings of Music Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in music is $22,900. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $19,500 to a high of $30,900.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in music is $25,500. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $27,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $22,125.

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The median monthly payment of a music graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $265.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue bachelor's degrees in music. About 54.7% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 8,617
Women 7,130
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Music

The racial-ethnic distribution of music bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 881
Black or African American 1,120
Hispanic or Latino 1,949
White 9,612
International Students 944
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,241
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Music Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 1,084 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in music. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Berklee College of Music

Boston, Massachusetts
623 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for music students seekinga bachelor's degree is Berklee College of Music. Each year, around 6,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,360 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $42,973 per year.

The music program at Berklee College of Music awarded 623 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 39% were women.

#2

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
276 Yearly Graduations
15% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Full Sail University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in music. Each year, around 21,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,667 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,498 per year.

The music program at Full Sail University awarded 276 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 54% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 15% were women.

#3

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
190 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Texas is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in music. Each year, around 39,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,295 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,900 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 190 people received their bachelor's degree in music from UNT. Of these students, 37% were women and 46% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
148 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Indiana University - Bloomington. Each year, around 43,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,575 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,501 per year.

The music program at Indiana University - Bloomington awarded 148 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

133 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Northridge is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in music. Each year, around 39,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 133 people received their bachelor's degree in music from CSUN. Of these students, 31% were women and 51% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Oberlin College

Oberlin, Ohio
118 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Oberlin College. Each year, around 2,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,976 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $27,988 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 118 people received their bachelor's degree in music from Oberlin. About 49% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York
114 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Rochester is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in music. Each year, around 12,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,040 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,705 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 114 bachelor's degrees were handed out to music majors at University of Rochester. Of these students, 46% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

The New School

New York, New York
108 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The New School is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in music. Each year, around 10,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,770 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,710 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 108 people received their bachelor's degree in music from New School University. Around 26% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 36% were women.

#9

Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee
106 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Belmont University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in music. Roughly 8,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $22,680 per year.

The music program at Belmont University awarded 106 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 58% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California
103 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is California State University - Long Beach. Each year, around 38,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 103 people received their bachelor's degree in music from CSULB. Of these students, 50% were women and 51% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
94 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northwestern University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in music. Roughly 22,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,232 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $56,067 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 94 bachelor's degrees were handed out to music majors at Northwestern. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

#12

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania
92 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

West Chester University of Pennsylvania comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in music. Roughly 17,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,716 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,288 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 92 people received their bachelor's degree in music from WCUPA. Of these students, 45% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
89 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in music. Roughly 48,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,212 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,890 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 89 people received their bachelor's degree in music from U-M. Of these students, 43% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

New York University

New York, New York
89 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in music. Roughly 52,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 89 people received their bachelor's degree in music from NYU. Of these students, 49% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

The New England Conservatory of Music

Boston, Massachusetts
88 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The New England Conservatory of Music is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in music. Roughly 800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,580 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $49,580 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 88 bachelor's degrees were handed out to music majors at The New England Conservatory of Music. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 51% were women.

88 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in music. Roughly 24,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,786 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 88 bachelor's degrees were handed out to music majors at CU Anschutz. About 31% of this group were women, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
85 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida State University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in music. Each year, around 42,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,684 per year.

The music program at Florida State University awarded 85 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#18

Manhattan School of Music

New York, New York
84 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Manhattan School of Music is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in music. Roughly 1,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,280 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,280 per year.

The music program at Manhattan School of Music awarded 84 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 48% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
80 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in music. Each year, around 48,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 80 bachelor's degrees were handed out to music majors at USC. Of these students, 41% were women and 49% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Montclair State University

Montclair, New Jersey
79 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Montclair State University. Roughly 21,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,082 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,600 per year.

The music program at Montclair State University awarded 79 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to music that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Fine & Studio Arts 25,815
Design & Applied Arts 19,137
Drama & Theater Arts 12,791
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 11,308
General Visual & Performing Arts 3,315

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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