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Brandeis University

Department of Music

Waltham, MA

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Overview

Brandeis University / Department of Music is located in Waltham, MA, in a suburban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Musicology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Musicology
Master of Arts (MA) Composition and theory
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Composition and theory
Master of Arts (MA) Musicology
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Composition and theory

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 5

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE (recommended)
Varies
Comp Exam Required for some
Thesis Alternate accepted
Project, thesis
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE (recommended)
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required
Colloquia

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

79
Applied
23
Accepted
7
Enrolled
29%

Applying

75
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?
Yes
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 15th Not reported Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE (recommended)
Master's Degree Requirements Resume, letters of recommendation, transcripts, statement of purpose, writing sample (for musicology), portfolio and composition exam (for composition and theory)
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE (recommended)
Doctoral Degree Requirements Resume, letters of recommendation, transcripts, statement of purpose, writing sample (for musicology), portfolio and composition exam (for composition and theory)

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required
IELTS: Required

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Types of financial support available Fellowships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

30
Total Graduate Students
23%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 3.33%
Black or African American 0%
White or Caucasian 56%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 10%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Unknown 6.67%

Gender

Male (73%)
Female (26%)

Faculty

21
Total faculty
Full-time - 7
Part-time - 14
Male (14)
Female (7)

Research

Focus of faculty research: Composition and theory, musicology, music history
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 415 South Street
Waltham, MA  02454-9110
United States
Contact Dr. Karen Desmond
Director of Graduate Study
Email: kdesmond@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3329

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