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The very first of its kind anywhere in the world, the Joint Degree program offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from both Peabody, JHU, and Yong Siew Toh, NUS, while also…

  • learning from two different teaching perspectives
  • experiencing a new culture through immersion
  • grow professionally by mastering styles of both East and West
  • traveling (Singapore is just a boat ride away from Malaysia,Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Vietnam)
  • and much more!

The Joint Degree Program combines elements of each Conservatory’s curriculum for each major.

Peabody Conservatory


Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music


Freshman Year Apply for JD Program
Sophomore-Fall Abroad
Sophomore-Spring Home
Junior Year Abroad
Senior Year Home

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Joint Degree program requires measures of assessment beyond the admission procedures for standard undergraduate admission. Peabody students who have matriculated to the BM program will apply for the Joint Degree program in their second semester of their freshman year. In addition to their interview and audition, potential students will need to demonstrate a strong command of the English language, carry a G.P.A. of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, receive written approval from their major teacher, and write a 1-2 page essay articulating how the Joint Degree Program will add meaning to their music education and performance goals. Final admission decisions are made by a committee of faculty from both campuses.

Of eight total semesters of undergraduate study, Peabody students spend three semesters at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

Application Form

Cost of Program

Peabody students admitted to the Joint Degree Program will remain Peabody students during the three semesters in which they’re abroad, and all Peabody financial aid and scholarship will continue during their semesters in Singapore. Students are exempt from paying tuition and fees to YST but will pay room & board, which tend to be cheaper than Peabody’s.

Additionally, students enrolled in the Joint Degree Program receive $5,000 towards their Peabody tuition every semester until they graduate, provided they complete the three semesters in Singapore. Overall, that’s $30,000 is tuition assistance.

For Prospective Peabody Students

If you are a high school student considering the Joint Degree Program at Peabody, please note that you must apply for this program in the second semester of your Freshman year. This means you have to apply to Peabody first, successfully complete your first semester, and then apply to the Joint Degree Program.