Music (MM)

Program Overview

Binghamton University’s nationally accredited Department of Music offers the Master of Music (MM) degree program suited for music professionals and educators with various concentrations. The graduate music program is small; students receive personal attention from faculty and quality performance opportunities. Graduates have gone on to perform in major opera houses around the world. The department, which has more than 30 experienced faculty, also has a symphony orchestra, wind ensemble and jazz ensemble, as well as three choral groups and an African Dance/drumming ensemble.

The Master of Music program consists of five concentrations:

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • History and Literature
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Vocal Performance

There is also a separate opera track for those who seek special focus on the theatrical opportunities of music. The Tri-Cities Opera provides opera students with a professional resident artist program, allowing for growth in personal, professional and creative endeavors through performing with TCO.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Department of Music at and apply early for a limited number of assistantships, scholarships and awards.

Degrees Offered

  • MM in Music

After You Graduate

Alumni of Binghamton have gone onto various careers as musical educators at a university level, secondary level, or in freelance coaching. Others perform in a number of venues and contexts, or have proceeded to further graduate study. Besides TCO, our instrumental and choral groups have had the chance to accompany professional groups in the area in collaborative performances. Meanwhile composition students at Binghamton have competed at (and won) national competitions. The university’s Career Development Center is a further resource that can help students prepare for interviews, put together resumes, and find networking opportunities.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study, you must:

  • Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
    • You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University
  • Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
    • A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
    • A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

All applicants should contact the director of graduate studies directly prior to submitting application materials for specific information pertaining to specialization-specific requirements, screening recordings, auditions and other aspects of the application process. See the department website for details.

To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
    • An undergraduate degree in music is desirable for admission. Candidates with majors in other fields may be considered on a case-by-case basis if there is evidence of significant undergraduate music coursework in performance, music theory and music history.
  • Personal statement of 2 to 3 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae detailing both educational and professional experience
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores for music history and literature applicants
  • Depending on your desired track or emphasis, you must also additional application materials, such as recordings or work samples. See the department website for details.

International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.

  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
  • Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores)

This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements.


Degree Fall Spring
MM in MusicFebruary 1 (Funding) / April 1October 1

For more information, visit the Music website.