• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
For four years, Music Composition students from University of the Pacific spend extensive time studying composition under the guidance of faculty composers, writing works for a variety of ensembles, studying the compositional techniques of their own time, and working to develop their own compositional voice.
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During their four years at University of the PacificMusic Composition students write music for solo instrument, duos, trios, mixed and/or homogeneous ensembles, voice, chorus, percussion, computer, and larger musical forces. 

They study music from western and non-western sources - old and new, vocal and instrumental, composed and improvised, acoustic and technological. 

They learn to use the tools of new technology as creative resources, in the studio (learn more about the Conservatory's on-campus recording studio) and on the stage. 

Whether at the piano or at the computer, compositional tools are always taught as a means for furthering the creative act.

Learning Process

The learning process for a young composer is only complete once they hear their work in a public concert. A unique relationship exists here at Pacific between the composition department and the chamber music performance program. Student compositions are performed each term in Composers Club concerts by students from the Chamber Ensemble class thus guaranteeing this important stage in the compositional process. As students progress to larger works, readings and performances can be arranged with the conductors of the orchestra, band, or choral ensembles. 

In their senior year student composers write a work for large ensemble forces (orchestra, band, chorus with ensemble, opera, music and film, etc). This is then presented on their senior recital along with works from previous years.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Applied Music 
  • Composition 
  • Class Piano
  • Ensemble
  • Musicianship
  • Music Theory
  • Introduction to Music Technology

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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
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    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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