The Department of Music at Stanford combines music-making and scholarly research in composition, conducting, performance, music history, ethnomusicology, music theory, cognitive science, intermedia, and computer-based technologies. The Master of Arts (MA) in Music, Science, and Technology is the department’s only terminal master’s degree. This is a two-year program of 45 graduate-level units focusing on the integration of music perception, music-related signal processing and controllers, synthesis, performance, and composition. The program is designed for students who have an undergraduate music, engineering, or science degree.

Admissions Information

All MA/MST application components are due by the second Tuesday in December, including evidence of accomplishment (scores, recordings, and/or research papers). The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional for Master’s applications. Applicants who choose to take the GRE should arrange to take it well before the application deadline of the second Tuesday in December to ensure that test scores are received promptly. International students whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL exam (with certain exceptions:  see the Office of Graduate Admissions Required Exams website.)