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University of Southern California

Thornton School of Music

Los Angeles, CA

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Overview

University of Southern California / Thornton School of Music is located in Los Angeles, CA, in an urban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts (MA) Early music
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Keyboard collaborative arts
Master of Music (MM) Choral and sacred music
(Graduate Certificate) Vocal arts (classical voice/opera)
(Graduate Certificate) Keyboard collaborative arts
(Graduate Certificate) Classical guitar
(Graduate Certificate) Harp performance
(Graduate Certificate) Brass performance
(Graduate Certificate) Strings performance
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Piano performance
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Harp performance
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Percussion performance
Master of Music (MM) Brass performance
Master of Music (MM) Classical guitar
Master of Music (MM) Music education
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Woodwind performance
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Brass performance
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Choral and sacred music
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Studio jazz guitar
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Classical guitar
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Vocal arts (classical voice/opera)
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Early music
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Strings performance
(Graduate Certificate) Jazz studies
(Graduate Certificate) Piano performance
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Music education
Master of Music (MM) Woodwind performance
Master of Music (MM) Jazz studies
Master of Music (MM) Strings performance
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Historical musicology
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Organ performance
Master of Music (MM) Harp performance
(Graduate Certificate) Studio jazz guitar
Master of Music (MM) Keyboard collaborative arts
Master of Music (MM) Vocal arts (classical voice/opera)
(Graduate Certificate) Organ performance
(Graduate Certificate) Woodwind performance
Master of Arts (MA) Teaching music
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Composition
Master of Music (MM) Studio jazz guitar
Master of Music (MM) Organ performance
Master of Music (MM) Composition
(Graduate Certificate) Scoring for motion pictures and television
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Jazz studies
Master of Music (MM) Piano performance
Master of Music (MM) Percussion performance
(Graduate Certificate) Percussion performance

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 54
Doctoral Degrees 2
Other Advanced Degrees 96

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE (for MA in early music and MM in music education)
Varies
Comp Exam Required for some
Thesis Required for some
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE (for DMA)
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required for some

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

934
Applied
329
Accepted
192
Enrolled
35%

Applying

85
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 1st December 1st No
Spring deadline October 1st October 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE (for MA in early music and MM in music education)
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE (for DMA)

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 560
TOEFL IBT score: 83

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards December 1
Types of financial support available Teaching Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

446
Total Graduate Students
10%
International Breakout (representing other countries)
89%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 6.5%
Black or African American 2.02%
White or Caucasian 46%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.45%
Asian 11.88%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.22%
Two or more races 2.69%
Unknown 6.5%

Gender

Male (54%)
Female (45%)

Faculty

195
Total faculty
Full-time - 75
Part-time - 120
Male (157)
Female (38)

Research

Focus of faculty research: Early Modern musical improvisation and composition, maternal sound stimulation of the premature infant, physiological characteristics of jazz guitarists, the musical experience of the very young child, electronic music
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA  90089
United States
Contact Mr. P. J. Woolston
Director of Admission
Email: woolston@usc.edu
Phone: 213-740-8986