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Master’s Degrees in Music

6,038 Yearly Graduations
$24,400 Median Salary
$38,250 Median Debt
A master's degree in music is offered at 324 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 19% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 25.2% of music graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Music Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6,038 students earned their master's degree in music. This makes it the 35th most popular master'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 Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in music is $24,400. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $20,700 and the high is $28,000.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in music is $38,250. 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, $41,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $32,500.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $446.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue master's degrees in music. About 51.8% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,130
Women 2,908
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Music

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 274
Black or African American 210
Hispanic or Latino 429
White 3,133
International Students 1,519
Other Races/Ethnicities 473
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Music Master's Degree Students

There are 324 colleges that offer a master’s degree in music. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Manhattan School of Music

New York, New York
174 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for music students seekinga master's degree is Manhattan School of 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 174 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 63% were women and 3% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

New York University

New York, New York
163 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master'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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 163 master's degrees were handed out to music majors at NYU. About 36% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
150 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University - Bloomington is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in music. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 150 master's degrees were handed out to music majors at IU Bloomington. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

#4

The New England Conservatory of Music

Boston, Massachusetts
148 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The New England Conservatory of Music is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master'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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 148 people received their master's degree in music from The New England Conservatory of Music. Of these students, 48% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Berklee College of Music

Boston, Massachusetts
131 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Berklee College of Music is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in 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 131 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 60% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

121 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Cincinnati - Main Campus. Roughly 39,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,476 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 121 people received their master's degree in music from UC. Of these students, 44% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
117 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Yale University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in music. Roughly 13,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $43,300 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 117 master's degrees were handed out to music majors at Yale. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

#8

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
116 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their master's degree is Johns Hopkins University. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. 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.

The music program at Johns Hopkins University awarded 116 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 59% were women and 22% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

The Juilliard School

New York, New York
113 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their master's degree is The Juilliard School. Roughly 900 attend the school each year. 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, 113 master's degrees were handed out to music majors at Juilliard. Of these students, 50% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
107 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master'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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 107 master's degrees were handed out to music majors at U-M. Of these students, 58% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

The New School

New York, New York
107 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The New School is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master'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, 107 people received their master's degree in music from New School University. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#12

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
96 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees 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.

The music program at University of Southern California awarded 96 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 41% of this group were women, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York
92 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Rochester is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master'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, 92 master's degrees were handed out to music majors at University of Rochester. About 49% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Longy School of Music of Bard College

Cambridge, Massachusetts
73 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Longy School of Music of Bard College is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in music. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 73 master's degrees were handed out to music majors at Longy. Around 4% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#14

Rice University

Houston, Texas
73 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their master's degree is Rice University. Roughly 7,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,330 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,791 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 73 master's degrees were handed out to music majors at Rice. Of these students, 52% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
73 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of North Texas. 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.

The music program at University of North Texas awarded 73 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 36% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco, California
70 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Francisco Conservatory of Music is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in music. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. 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.

The music program at San Francisco Conservatory of Music awarded 70 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 53% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
65 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Michigan State University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in music. Each year, around 49,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,555 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,858 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 65 people received their master's degree in music from Michigan State. About 45% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
62 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northwestern University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master'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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 62 people received their master's degree in music from Northwestern. Of these students, 42% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
58 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their master's degree is Florida State University. 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 58 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 45% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Fine & Studio Arts 3,527
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,963
Design & Applied Arts 1,894
Drama & Theater Arts 1,783
Arts & Media Management 1,112

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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