• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #651 (QS) Williamsburg, VA, United States
At College of William & Mary, your Music major is part of a liberal arts degree. Our major requirements reflect this. As a music major, you will study music from a broad perspective, and will take courses that represent the different sub-fields of music.
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The core requirements at the College of William & Mary for a Music major cover music theory (MUSC 201, Tonal Theory I), western music history (MUSC 213, History of Western Music), world music (MUSC 241, Worlds of Music), and musicology (MUSC 345, Seminar in Music Research). You will also take at least 4 courses in music performance, and will complete a capstone senior project. You may complete your senior project through the Honors program, if you qualify. You can use your elective credits to focus or broaden your degree as you wish.

Many of our former students have gone on to complete advanced degrees (M.A., Ph.D., D.M.A.) in music. You may need an advanced degree for some careers in music therapy, conducting, ethnomusicology, musicology, or teaching in a school. Advanced degrees are not necessary for many other careers in music. You can teach people to play in instrument, be a freelance musician, manage arts organizations, or be an audio producer with a bachelor's degree.

Undergraduate Research

  • What do we mean by "research in music?" It depends on who is doing the researching.
  • Music theorists, composers and performers all experiment with sound and rhythm: creating sound and rhythm on various instruments, capturing sound, finding and using new sounds and rhythms, and writing down original compositions. 
  • How can we use electronic sounds in music? How can we express the sounds that are created by nature - or even sub-atomic particles? For this sort of researcher, a performance is when they get to see the results of their experiments.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Big Ideas in Music
  • Introduction to Tonal Theory
  • Music and the Liberal Arts
  • Beethoven and His World

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • A submitted application through The Common Application or The Coalition Application
  • The Secondary School Report form complete with a high school transcript and counselor letter of recommendation
  • The Midyear School Report form, should be submitted to the admission office with an updated transcript as soon as first semester grades are available.
  • $75 application fee payment, or a fee waiver request

Tuition Fee

  • International

    40089 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40089 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    40089 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40089 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    17434 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17434 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Williamsburg

  • 1306 - 2140 USD/month
    Living Costs

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