The Graduate Certificate in Music is a 12-credit-hour program for the non-degree-seeking student who holds a bachelor's degree in music and plans to pursue a master's degree at a later date. Up to 12 credit hours earned in this program can be transferred to a master's degree in music at USF.

It is also possible for a current student in the M.A. degree program in music education or the M.M. degree program to concurrently pursue the certificate as a means of completing a particular line of study as a supplement to the degree requirements.

Course Location/Delivery

The certificate is offered at the Tampa campus and is not available through distance education.

Admission requirements

Successful Auditions and/or Interviews are required for admission into conducting and performance programs. Approved portfolios are required for admission into composition (jazz or traditional). Inquiries regarding auditions and interviews should be sent by email to the School of Music Admissions Director at Be sure to include complete contact information in the email.

Official undergraduate transcripts are required with applications. The overall Grade Point Average (GPA) for upper division credit hours (all credits beyond the first 60) must be at least 3.0, and the GPA for all music courses included in the undergraduate degree must be at least 3.0.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.

In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, it is necessary to comply with the admission requirements of the School of Music, as outlined above.

Time Limit

Five years



Areas of Focus

Students may focus their studies in one of the following areas:

  • Choral Conducting
  • Instrumental Conducting
  • Jazz Composition
  • Jazz Performance
  • Music Composition
  • Music Performance

In each of the areas, the student must establish a program of study (curriculum) in consultation with their major professor in music. The course work should conclude with a capstone project, such as a recital and/or research paper.

Credit toward graduate degree

Course credits earned in the certificate may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must include copies of graduation certificates and/or diplomas (in addition to official transcripts) with their applications. Also, students whose primary language is not English must pass the TOEFL (minimum score of 79 on the iBT) or the IELTS with at least a score of 6.5. Transcripts from non-English institutions must be evaluated with a certified translation through a recognized agency


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