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The Master of Arts program in Audio Sciences was developed in conjunction with members of the professional audio community to provide students with the technical knowledge and musical skills necessary to work at an advanced level in the field of audio and/ or acoustics. The program is intended both for current audio professionals who wish to obtain a post-baccalaureate credential and individuals with a background in science, technology, and/or music who are seeking additional training in order to gain employment in the audio or acoustics industry.

Students choose from two tracks: a concentration in Recording and Production or an emphasis on Acoustical Studies. Core coursework includes Music Theory 1, Musical Acoustics, Electroacoustics, Psychoacoustics, and Physical Acoustics. The remaining coursework in each track consists of courses specific to the concentration chosen by the student in accordance with his or her background and professional goals.

The Acoustical Studies concentration is designed to prepare students to work as professionals in the fields of acoustical consulting, sound systems design, acoustical product design, and sound systems integration. The program provides a thorough grounding in acoustical fundamentals and design practices to enable graduates to begin careers in these specialized fields.

Admission requires an undergraduate degree in architecture, audio technology, computer sciences, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, or recording sciences. Undergraduate coursework must include one year of college physics and one year of calculus. Additional requirements are a background in music with the ability to play an instrument at a high school level, courses in music history, and skills sufficient to enter Music Theory 1. International students must demonstrate competencies in English commensurate with expectations for Peabody’s Master of Music degree program.