Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Graduate Students FAQ

Are any standardized testing scores required for admission to the graduate program?

No standardized test scores are required. However, applicants whose first language is not English are required to take one of the following English proficiency exams: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic. See more information on English proficiency testing.

What are the background and degree requirements for the graduate program?

Applicants to the Masters program in Music Technology must have a Bachelor's degree. An undergraduate degree in Music is preferred, however, many applicants have degrees in Computer Science, Engineering, Technology, Arts, Psychology, and other related areas. We offer remedial course work for those who do not already have a music degree

How long is the masters program?

Ideally students complete the program in 5 semesters, spanning two years. For examples: Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall and Spring. Some students, especially those who need remediation, require an additional semester to finish the thesis or required courses.

Where do graduates find employed after graduating from the program?

 Many students find employment through the Music Technology's extensive internship progam. Otherwise, most students find employment shortly after graduating from the program in one of the following areas:

  • Audio engineering
  • Audio production
  • Education
  • Game audio
  • Live sound reinforcement
  • Mastering
  • Media art
  • Post-production
  • Research
  • Software development
  • Sound design

A small number of graduates go on to pursue Ph.D's. Recently, graduates started doctoral studies at institutions such as Stanford University, McGill University, University of British Columbia, NYU. Students also often have the opportunity to turn internships into employment after graduating.

If I'm not a registered student, can I still take a class in the program?

Yes, non-matriculated students may take a class with permission from the program.

What facilities are available to music technology students?

There are several teaching studios for music technology.  They range from computer based production stations to fully-featured recording and post-production studios.  The studios are fitted with Apple computers running the latest music production software such as Logic, Protools, Digital Performer, Reason, Max/MSP and numerous plugins such as Waves, GRM Tools, Native Instruments, etc.

For more information, please visit the Studios page.

Who are the faculty members in the program?

A core group of full-time faculty lead the program, produce original research, develop and teach courses, as well as a varitable pantheon of adjunct instructors who teach a class or two while maintaining a full-time career in music technology outside academia.  This mix of reseach and professional applications provide music technology students with a broad and deep understanding of the field.

A listing of our faculty is available here.

Is there financial aid available?

All non-international students are eligible for some form of financial aid.  For more information, please visit the Music Technology Financial Aid page, and be sure to look at the more general Steinhardt Financial Aid page

How much is tuition?

Tuition information can be found on the Graduate Admissions Tuition and Other Expenses page.