A graduate certificate in Jazz Composition prepares post-baccalaureate performers, educators, theorists, historians, composers, and other musicians to compose and arrange in the field of Jazz studies. Non-matriculating students will usually complete a certificate within one academic year (two semesters). Matriculating master’s students will usually distribute the certificate’s required courses (12 credits) over two years of study.

Prerequisite: Matriculated and nonmatriculated students must have a baccalaureate degree with a music concentration before beginning coursework. Students must also submit a small portfolio of 1 to 3 pieces to the Jazz Faculty and pass the Jazz Theory Diagnostic Exam to begin the certificate.