USC Thornton School of Music
Founded in 1884, the USC Thornton School of Music consistently ranks among the top one percent of the nation's music schools and conservatories. The nearly 200 artists, composers and scholars on the faculty are internationally recognized for their performances, recordings, commissions and publications.
With a student-faculty ratio of 6:1, the school offers a conservatory-style education in the context of a research university and a major cultural center. USC Thornton is the collegiate partner of choice for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The school presents more than 500 performances annually—more than any professional orchestra in the U.S.—in facilities ranging from 1,220-seat Bovard Auditorium to three intimate recital halls.
Graduate degree and certificate programs
- Master of Music, Choral and Sacred Music
- Master of Music, Classical Guitar
- Master of Music, Composition
- M.A., Early Music Performance
- Master of Music, Jazz Studies
- Master of Music, Keyboard Collaborative Arts
- Master of Music, Keyboard Studies
- Master of Music (M.M.) Please select from one of the emphases above.
- M.A.T., Joint program with USC Rossier School of Education.
- M.A., Music History and Literature
- Master of Music, Organ Studies
- Master of Music, Strings
- Master of Music, Studio/Jazz Guitar
- Master of Music, Vocal Arts & Opera
- Master of Music, Winds and Percussion
- Ph.D., Historical Musicology
- Doctor of Musical Arts (offered in: Choral and Sacred Music; Classical Guitar; Composition; Early Music Performance; Jazz Studies; Keyboard Collaborative Arts; Keyboard Studies; Music Education; Music History and Literature; Organ Studies; Strings; Studio/Jazz Guitar; Vocal Arts; Winds and Percussion)
- Certificate, Classical Guitar
- Certificate, Jazz Studies
- Graduate Certificate, Keyboard Collaborative Arts
- Graduate Certificate, Keyboard Studies
- Graduate Certificate, Organ Studies
- Graduate Certificate, Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television
- Graduate Certificate, Strings
- Graduate Certificate, Studio/Jazz Guitar
- Graduate Certificate, Vocal Arts
- Graduate Certificate, Winds and Percussion