Bachelor of Science in Music

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Music in Temple's Boyer College of Music and Dance integrates a comprehensive liberal arts education with a rigorous music-generalist curriculum. Coursework and internship opportunities prepare you for diverse careers in music editing, journalism and publishing, as well as fields such as law, library science and medicine, among many others. 

While a more performance-based degree program trains students to be professional musicians, Music BS students learn to think analytically, creatively and critically about music. The 124-credit academic degree program’s dynamic curriculum includes classes that span music history and theory to digital composition of classical and electronic music. Since much of the required coursework comprises general education and music electives, students have the flexibility to choose courses that complement their career goals and interests. 

The Music BS helps you to 

  • acquire the skills you’ll need in your professional endeavors and graduate school; 
  • express yourself creatively; and
  • gain a broad understanding of music and its place in society. 

The Music Studies Department is a small, close-knit community. Small class sizes and one-on-one mentorships with faculty mean students receive guidance throughout their time in the bachelor's degree program. Boyer faculty are nationally and internationally recognized educators, performers, scholars, and Grammy- and Bessie-award winners. Learn more about the Music BS faculty

In your final year, you’ll complete an intensive internship placement to gain hands-on field experience in the music industry. Temple’s Main Campus is in close proximity to many highly regarded institutions, including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Opera Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Classes & Curriculum

Students study music and the important role it has played in societies around the world. You’ll take a blend of elective, ensemble, general education, music history, music theory, performance and world music courses. In your final year, you’ll complete an internship in the music industry over one semester, with the option for two. 

With the flexibility to include both general and music electives, students can tailor their curriculum to meet their professional interests or form the pathway for graduate studies. 

Some of the required courses include 

  • Latin American Music Ensemble
  • Music in History,  
  • Music Theory and 
  • World Music

Learn more about the required courses for the Music BS.

Related Graduate Degrees

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Science offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $20,616.00 per year
Out-of-state: $36,216.00 per year