48 months
44487 USD/year
44487 USD/year
14733 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Music major at the University of California, San Diego requires extensive development of musical skills. A student without the appropriate level of those skills upon entrance to UC San Diego must devote considerable time to attaining them, either in lower-division courses or tutoring.


About this Degree

The curriculum emphasizes the development of musical listening and performance skills as applied to both contemporary and traditional music. Students can concentrate in the areas of Composition, Performance, Literature, Technology or Jazz & the Music of the African Diaspora.

The Music major at the University of California, San Diego consists of nine lower-division and twelve upper-division courses, plus the Department Seminar (Music 43/143), which must be taken each quarter that a student is a declared music major.

All courses except 43/143 must be taken for a letter grade. All courses used for satisfying major requirements in music must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

Before declaring a music major, students should speak with the undergraduate advisor in the music department to ensure they can finish the major within their time at UC San Diego. 

Programme Structure


  • Topics in Music Theory 
  • Topics in Music Analysis 
  • Critical Studies Seminar 
  • Ethnomusicology Seminar 
  • World Music Traditions 
  • Topics in European Music Before 1750
  • Topics in Classic, Romantic, and Modern Music 
  • Music of the 20th Century 
  • Women in Music 
  • Popular Music Studies Seminar

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed Common Application, including USD Member Questions
  • Official high school transcript
  • Essay
  • Academic Letter of Recommendation
  • Application fee of $55

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    44487 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 44487 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    44487 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 44487 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    14733 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14733 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 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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