Master of Science in Music Technology

Take Your Music Education to the Next Level!

Digital technology has led to a cultural and social transformation in the manner in which we make, perform, and listen to music. Recent technological developments in areas such as music recording, performance, composition, education, and distribution have fundamentally changed musical practices and created a demand for well-educated music and audio technologists. The School of Music at Georgia Tech is answering this need by offering a Master of Science in Music Technology. This degree program collaborates with other leading programs at Georgia Tech, including Human Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Digital Media, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Design, Interactive Digital Technology, and Mechanical Engineering.

What is the M.S. in Music Technology?

The M.S. in Music Technology is a two-year, full-time day program. Its objective is to provide students with the practical skills and theoretical understanding needed to be leaders in the design, development, and creative implementation of music technology products and services in the coming decades. Successful design and development of music technology systems must be supported by knowledge of music theory, perception, composition, and performance, as well as digital media, computing, engineering and design. Our program is interdisciplinary, focusing primarily on technology for music in performance and education. The program currently offers a concentration in Computer Music Research and Engineering, focusing on the design and development of novel enabling music technologies from a technological and scientific perspective.

 Students take courses in a variety of areas to reflect these goals, such as:

  • Music information retrieval
  • Music perception and cognition
  • Signal processing
  • Acoustics
  • Interactive music
  • The history of electronic music
  • Technology ensemble
What Do I Need to Qualify for the Program?

Students interested in applying should have an undergraduate degree in music, computing, engineering, or a related discipline. You should also be ready to demonstrate your background in musical performance, composition, and/or musical theory, as well as any basic skills in programming and/or engineering. This degree program requires strong musical and technical skills, so prepare yourself to show your strengths in both.

Additionally, candidates for the program may be asked to interview with faculty either in person or by telephone. This is the stage of the application process where you can expect to have your portfolio reviewed, as our faculty will use this time to assess your qualifications. A limited number of research assistantships may be offered to qualified students.

So What Can I Really Do with a Degree in Music Technology?

By the time you graduate with your M.S. in Music Technology, you will hold a deep understanding of the underlying concepts of Music Technology, along with the advanced technical and creative skills you will need to design and develop music technology. Additionally, you will be extensively familiar with the cognitive and aesthetic aspects of creative media technologies.

You will realistically be prepared to excel in a large number of industries, including:

  • Music and media software
  • Robotics
  • Audio hardware
  • Internet audio
  • Video gaming
  • Mobile technology

Our graduates have worked and/or interned at companies such as Apple, Avid, Dolby, Bose, Gracenote, Rdio, Sennheiser, Ableton, Echo Nest, and Smule. Simply put, you’ll have a degree that is in high demand.

I’ve been accepted. What happens now?

When you’re accepted into the program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will approve your course selections. You will also work with faculty on collaborative research projects. After your first year of study, and the approval of your advisor, you will choose between two academic tracks:

Project Track: Students will complete a set of requirements that will include 21 music technology course credit hours, 15 elective course credit hours, and 12 research credit hours leading to the development of a final M.S project in Music Technology.

Thesis Track: Students will complete a set of requirements that will include 21 music technology course credit hours, 9 elective course credit hours, 12 research hours and 6 Thesis Preparation credit hours, leading to the completion and submission of an M.S Thesis in Music Technology.

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Masters Curriculum

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Masters Course Descriptions

A brief tour of all the courses offered in Music Technology.