Tuition and Fees

Graduate Costs & Financial Aid

Graduate tuition is charged per credit.  Costs can have considerable individual variation, depending on the degree program and graduate award assignment, living expenses, the cost of books and supplies, etc.  Full-time enrollment is 12 credits/semester.  Depending on the nature of the duties, many students with a graduate award are considered full-time with a course load of 9 credit hours per semester.

Graduate students are considered to be financially independent and are eligible for need-based financial aid as well as merit-based aid.  A graduate award normally consists of a stipend (salary for the work done) and a tuition scholarship (a partial remission of tuition); the stipend and tuition scholarship portions of the graduate award are inseparable (a student may not accept one portion and decline the other).

2015-2016 Schedule of Charges:

Tuition (not including applied music studies) $1,490 per credit hour
Applied music studies (lessons):
460A: PRL 1 hour lessons, 4 credit hours $8,940/semester
460: Primary 1 hour lessons, 3 credit hours $5,960/semester
Mandatory fees (not including health insurance)
$990/year
Health insurance (individual) $2,460

For example, tuition for a graduate student who holds a graduate award and is taking 9 credits per semester (including 1-hour lessons each week), would be $32,780 per year.

However, tuition for a graduate student who holds a graduate award and is taking 12 credits per semester (including 1-hour lessons each week), would be $41,720 per year.

Please also see Financial aid FAQ about the cost of a graduate degree.

For a comprehensive break-down of tuition and fees, visit: Graduate Schedule of Charges.

For more information about financial aid for graduate students, visit Financial Aid.