48 months
35206 USD/year
34316 USD/year
16866 USD/year
Tuition fee
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This Music Composition major at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign offers comprehensive course work in music theory and composition with specialized courses in orchestration, music formalization, experimental music, jazz arranging, electronic music, and computer music. 


The Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign requires completion of the common requirements for all Bachelor of Music degrees including general education courses and the BM Music Core. 

Key Features 

  • In addition, students follow their Composition Area Core in addition to elective courses chosen in accordance with an adviser for a total of at least 130 credit hours. 
  • In order to be considered for acceptance into the BM in Composition, students must pass an audition, interview, and submit a composition portfolio.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Beginning Composition
  • Intermediate Composition
  • Advanced Composition
  • Orchestration
  • Music Theory and Practice 
  • Musicianship

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


130 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You'll provide your high school courses/grades, choose your major and a second choice, complete our writing prompts, and list your extracurricular activities, honors, and awards.
  • List your high school courses and grades exactly as they appear on your transcript.
  • We are test-optional, meaning you’re not required to submit ACT and/or SAT test results when you apply. 
  • If you choose to report your scores, enter your highest test scores for the ACT composite and/or the SAT total without super-scoring, along with the highest sub-scores you earned in each category regardless of test date.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Once you’ve submitted your application, check its status by clicking on your application in myIllini.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35206 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35206 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    34316 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 34316 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    16866 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16866 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Urbana

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

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


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