Music, B.A. | Iowa State University | Ames, United States
48 months
26930 USD/year
25162 USD/year
8678 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Music and Theatre at Iowa State University offers a strong undergraduate Music program, where students study with full-time faculty professionals in a supportive environment that encourages students to become their best.


The Music curriculum from Iowa State University provides:

  • A comprehensive program of professional studies for students who wish to prepare for careers in music, including teaching, performance, and composition, and for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in music.
  • Courses in music literature, theory and areas of performance for all students, regardless of major.

Key facts:

The department embodies the land-grant philosophy of service to the people of the state with a faculty of active scholars, teachers, and artists committed to excellence in teaching, creative/scholarly work, and arts outreach. The department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

This curriculum leads to the degree bachelor of music. This degree is more specialized and contains fewer general education requirements than the bachelor of arts degree with a major in music. Students in this curriculum choose between options in education, performance, and composition. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music Literature and Styles
  • Music Theory
  • Aural Theory
  • Conducting
  • History of Music 
  • Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Iowa State operates on rolling admission. We strongly recommend that you apply at least six to eight weeks in advance.


122 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • ACT composite (or converted SAT) score x 3+
  • Cumulative GPA x 30
  • Number of years of high school core courses x 5
  • In addition to the high school course requirements listed above, students applying for admission to the College of Engineering must complete two years of a single foreign language. Students applying for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete a third year of social studies and two years of a single foreign language.
  • General Equivalency Diploma (GED) applicants are welcome to enroll at Iowa State University. The specific GED score requirements for admission depend upon when the GED test was taken.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13465 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    25162 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12581 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • In-State

    8678 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4339 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Ames

1158 - 1797 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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