Master of Music in Choral Conducting

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Program Description

The Master of Music in Choral Conducting (MMCC) is a unique program that will help you refine your conducting and rehearsal technique, musicianship, and vocal pedagogy with the guidance of hands-on attention from prestigious and experienced faculty. Each summer residency is seven weeks long and includes a one-week choral festival of lectures, masterclasses and performances with prominent guest artists. This program allows you to transfer up to three regular-session classes (9-semester units) from an accredited university of your choice. The MMCC Program is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

To learn more, read the MMCC Brochure and Program Sheet.

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To Apply/Application Deadline

Application Deadline
For University graduate admissions, applicants must possess a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent in U.S. terms), with adequate preparation, from a recognized institution of higher education. Applicants must have attained a minimum 2.5 grade point average (A=4.0) in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted. The Office of Admissions determines all degree equivalencies and grade point average calculations.

  • A graduate-level writing sample outlining your professional goals, and explaining how Cal State LA's Summer MMCC program will be beneficial toward achieving those goals (5 paragraphs)
  • A professional resume, including a list of repertoire conducted
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals who can speak to your potential success in a graduate choral conducting program
  • An unedited 15-minute video of your leading a choral rehearsal (Camera should face conductor)
  • An unedited video recording of your singing an art song or aria (No more than 5 minutes in length)
  • An unedited video recording demonstrating your piano skills in a piece of your choosing (No more than 5 minutes in length)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.

Please read the MMCC Program Application Information document.

Please read about Graduate Application and Admission.

Read about International Graduate Application and Admission.

Summer 2022 Start:

Master of Music in Choral Conducting

Online Application Opens: 
October 1, 2021

Application Deadline:
February 28, 2022

Transcript Deadline:
March 15, 2022

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Please submit official transcripts and other required documents by March 15, 2022 to:
Office of Admissions and Recruitment
Cal State LA
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Course Syllabi & Schedule

Please read the Graduation Procedure document.

Graduate Handbook

Download/view the MMCC 2020 Graduate Handbook here.

MUS 5990 Project Paper Guidebook

Tuition & Fees

The MMCC Program is a self-support program run through the College of Professional and Global Education. Tuition fees vary each summer and are based on the number of units taken. Fees are subject to change without notice.

Cost Per Unit $780
Total Program Cost $27,300

Financial Aid 

Financial aid opportunities are available to continuing students who wish to complete their degree in this program. Options include loans, scholarships, and grants. Federal student loans and grants may be available when students are fully matriculated at Cal State LA, during the fall and depending on each student’s submitted Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

File your FAFSA here. For more information, please visit: Cal State LA/PaGE Financial Assistance or contact Tom Lau ([email protected]), Financial Aid Advisor for the College of Professional and Global Education.


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