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Graduate Certificates in Music

572 Yearly Graduations
$15,500 Median Salary
$41,000 Median Debt
There are 101 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a graduate certificate in music. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 16% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 49.8% of music graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Music Majors

In 2018-2019, 572 earned their graduate certificate in music. This earns it the #33 spot on the list of the most popular graduate certificate programs in the nation.

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 Graduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in music is $15,500. 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 $15,500 to a high of $15,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in music is $41,000. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $41,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $41,000.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $478.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their graduate certificate in music. About 58.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 238
Women 334
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificates in Music

The racial-ethnic distribution of music graduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 40
Black or African American 12
Hispanic or Latino 29
White 164
International Students 285
Other Races/Ethnicities 42
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Music Graduate Certificate Students

There are 101 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in music. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
59 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University - Bloomington tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for music majors who are seeking their graduate certificate. Roughly 43,200 attend the school each year. 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 59 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 63% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
43 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Carnegie Mellon University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in music. Roughly 14,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,816 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $45,037 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 43 graduate certificates were handed out to music majors at Carnegie Mellon. Of these students, 49% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

The New England Conservatory of Music

Boston, Massachusetts
32 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The New England Conservatory of Music is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in music. Each year, around 800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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, 32 graduate certificates were handed out to music majors at The New England Conservatory of Music. About 59% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Manhattan School of Music

New York, New York
32 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Manhattan School of Music comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in music. Each year, around 1,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 32 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 9% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#5

The New School

New York, New York
27 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is The New School. Roughly 10,400 attend the school each year. 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.

The music program at The New School awarded 27 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 7% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#6

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
26 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Johns Hopkins University. Each year, around 27,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 people received their graduate certificate in music from Johns Hopkins. Of these students, 62% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

The Juilliard School

New York, New York
24 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Juilliard School is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in music. Each year, around 900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,370 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 graduate certificates were handed out to music majors at Juilliard. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 29% were women.

#8

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
20 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in music. Roughly 48,300 attend the school each year. 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, 20 graduate certificates were handed out to music majors at USC. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

#9

Montclair State University

Montclair, New Jersey
18 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Montclair State University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in music. Each year, around 21,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 people received their graduate certificate in music from Montclair State. Of these students, 67% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Curtis Institute of Music

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
18 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Curtis Institute of Music is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in music. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 people received their graduate certificate in music from Curtis Institute of Music. Of these students, 50% were women and 22% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

17 Yearly Graduations
24% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern Methodist University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in music. Roughly 11,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $40,896 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 people received their graduate certificate in music from SMU. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 24% were women.

#12

Longy School of Music of Bard College

Cambridge, Massachusetts
16 Yearly Graduations
56% Women

Longy School of Music of Bard College comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in music. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $43,750 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $43,750 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 people received their graduate certificate in music from Longy.

#13

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
15 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Boston University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in music. Each year, around 33,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

The music program at Boston University awarded 15 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 7% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#14

Cleveland Institute of Music

Cleveland, Ohio
14 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Cleveland Institute of Music. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $43,134 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $40,745 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 people received their graduate certificate in music from Cleveland Institute of Music. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

#15

Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida
13 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lynn University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in music. Each year, around 3,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $36,680 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,320 per year.

The music program at Lynn University awarded 13 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 46% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

New York University

New York, New York
12 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in music. Each year, around 52,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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, 12 people received their graduate certificate in music from NYU. Of these students, 50% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Berklee College of Music

Boston, Massachusetts
12 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Berklee College of Music. Roughly 6,900 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 people received their graduate certificate in music from Berklee College of Music. About 75% of this group were women, and 8% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco, California
10 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Francisco Conservatory of Music is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in music. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $46,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,350 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 graduate certificates were handed out to music majors at SFCM. About 100% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas
10 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Texas Christian University. Each year, around 11,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,160 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,780 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 people received their graduate certificate in music from TCU. About 40% of this group were women, and 10% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Roosevelt University

Chicago, Illinois
8 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Roosevelt University is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in music. Roughly 4,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,876 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $20,858 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 graduate certificates were handed out to music majors at Roosevelt. Of these students, 75% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to music that offer graduate certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Design & Applied Arts 169
Fine & Studio Arts 89
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 56
Arts & Media Management 45
Other Visual Art 32

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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