• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from University of the Pacific is designed to give graduates real-life skills for their performance careers. In addition to coursework in improvisation, theory, and applied performance, we require classes in music management and work in a recording studio. 
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Students will learn about the big picture of current industry trends and how to manage their careers as a business. They will also have the flexibility to study independently with any jazz faculty, regardless of instrument, providing a breadth and diversity of musical exposure.

The Jazz Studies program from University of the Pacific has been well-represented at festivals and competitions on the west coast, and our students learn from accomplished faculty, guest artists, and clinicians. Improvisation is alive and well at Pacific!

Available Tracks

  • Performance Track: Geared toward musicians who want to focus on a career in jazz performance. Students will learn skills preparing them for work in a variety of settings: studios, cruise ships, armed forces ensembles, or leader/sideman in live work. Some students will also choose to further their educations and obtain a graduate degree.
  • Composition Track: Emphasizes the skills of writing and composing jazz music. There is still a large element of performance education required in this degree, and students are exposed to a range of musical styles from which they can develop their own compositional voices.
  • Accelerated Three-Year Honors Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies: One of the few three-year degree programs in the country, this program is designed for students with a high level of jazz performance skills enabling them to go directly into higher division courses. Students can complete this degree in three years, usually including one summer session.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Jazz Applied Music 
  • Jazz Piano
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Music Theory
  • Musicianship
  • Introduction to Music 
  • What Is a Good Society 

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • Required Personal Statement (Personal Essay on the Common Application)
  • Application Fee
  • Official Records of Study
  • Demonstration of Proficiency in English
  • Recommendation
  • Certification of Finances
  • Clear copy of Passport Photo Page

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Tuition Fee

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    50438 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50438 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Stockton

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
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