May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Music Composition MA

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The Department of Music has-for decades-enjoyed a reputation as one of a handful of departments in North America dedicated to contemporary musical creation at the highest level. Composition at the University at Buffalo flourishes today, by providing a wide range of stimulating musical and intellectual experiences, within a program that allows students the space to develop and mature. In an atmosphere that encourages musical and technological experiment, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and the development of authentic creative character, graduate composers at UB take advantage of a number of resources and opportunities.

Required Core (36 credits)

Composition (16 credits)

Select from the following courses for a total of 2-4 semesters:

Orchestration / Contemporary / Electronic Music (8 credits)

Select from the following courses for a total of 2 semesters and 8 credits:

Music History 2 (4 credits)

Select 1 from:

Culminating Experience: Exam, Project or Thesis (0 credits)

Total Credit Hours: 36

3.0 Degree GPA required


Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time

Credits Required

  • 36 Hours


  • 2 Years

Application Fee

  • $75

Program Contact

Maria Portera
380 Academic Center
Buffalo, NY 14261
Phone: 716-645-6242
Fax: 716-645-3808

SED Statement

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

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