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 A student in the music composition degree program at MSU composes at a music stand while her classmates listen in the background.

Interested in a music composition degree? 
The composition program lies at the intersection of the creation, research, and performance of music and sound with other art forms. Along with faculty, students pursuing a music composition degree engage in work in acoustic and electronic media, including chamber and large ensembles, real-time interactive performance, video/film, installation, instrument design, and improvisation.

Supplemental application required
Applicants to the MSU College of Music must also complete the College of Music supplemental application by Dec. 1. During this time, the student's major will appear as music preference in their account. To be considered for admission into the College of Music, candidates must: 
  1. Submit the College of Music supplemental application by Dec. 1;
  2. Submit required supporting documents;
  3. Complete a successful audition.



Graduates with a music composition degree pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of music history, theory and performance. 

Alumni work at: 

  • Educational institutions
  • Metropolitan orchestras
  • Film and television studios
  • Entertainment companies

Alumni work as: 

  • Conductors
  • Performers
  • Songwriters
  • Educators and instructors

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