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Peabody offers a number of graduate programs for students wanting to continue their study in a competitive but nurturing environment. We invite you to explore Peabody and to read about our generous funding programs.


“Peabody offers numerous highly-competitive scholarships in order to enroll the best and brightest while making a Peabody degree as affordable as possible. 90% of our incoming students are recipients of scholarships and financial aid at Peabody, and the recent $50 million gift to Peabody’s endowment from Michael Bloomberg has allowed us to award more aid than ever before, enabling us to help even more students afford a Peabody education.”
Townsend Plant / Associate Dean for Enrollment & Student Life

Graduate Programs

Master of Music Degree

The program leading to the degree of Master of Music provides for intensive development of performance skills, extensive knowledge of the literature in the major field of study, and achievement of a broadened knowledge of the art.

Low-Residency Master of Music Degree

The low-residency master’s degree programs offer the artistic excellence and academic rigor of a Peabody education in a more focused and flexible format. These programs combine a full academic year of distance learning with two compressed in-person summer sessions for students who want to pursue master’s-level training in composition, computer music, or guitar. These programs allow you to complete your Master of Music in just 13 months of study.

Master of Arts in Audio Sciences

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.

Graduate Assistantships

Peabody has a number of assistantships in a variety of departments. Click here to view our assistantship offerings.

Graduate Performance Diploma

The Graduate Performance Diploma program is designed to meet the needs of highly accomplished graduate-level performers who wish to pursue a more performance-intensive goal than represented by the MM or DMA. Students may pursue majors in all areas of performance, including performance on early music instruments.

Doctor of Musical Arts Degree

The program leading to the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts provides students with the highest level of professional training in the art of musical performance or the craft of musical composition. To this end, applied study in the major field is supported by extensive academic work with musicology and music theory.

Dean’s DMA Fellowships

Each year Peabody offers fellowships to a select cohort of admitted DMA students who demonstrate excellence in academic scholarship and musical performance. Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, the Dean’s DMA Fellowships will cover full tuition and fees plus a stipend for the two required years of full-time residency.

Artist Diploma

The Artist Diploma is a non-degree program reserved for exceptional and experienced performers, with emphasis on repertoire designed to meet the needs of performers who are preparing and qualified to embark upon a professional career.

Peabody Faculty

At Peabody, you’ll receive world-class individual instruction and guidance from renowned artists and brilliant teachers. They are Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellows, performers, scholars, and leaders at the top of their fields. They are mentors and advisors devoted to evolving your talents, imparting knowledge, honoring tradition and pushing past boundaries, and empowering you to distinguish yourself in the arts.

Students Speak

Listen to what our students are saying about their Peabody experiences and follow along with many of their blog postings:

Out in the Open -Kaleigh Acord, GPD '17

As part of a series of events focused on occupational health and wellness, Peabody hosted a public screening of John Beder’s documentary, Composed.

Inside the Pit -Bailey Myers, MM '18

A great deal of preparation is needed to put together the music for an opera. For the orchestra, opera playing presents unique challenges that differ from our orchestral experiences atop the stage.

Maestra Marin Alsop Conducts the PSO