Master of Science in Music Technology

Digital technology led to a cultural and social transformation in the manner in which we make, perform, and listen to music. Recent technological developments in areas such as music recording, compression, distribution, and playback have fundamentally changed musical practices and created a need in the industry and academia for well-educated music and audio technologists able to design, develop, and creatively employ the next generation of musical performances, products, and services. The Georgia Tech Music Department's Master of Science in Music Technology program prepares students for careers in the arts and entertainment industries, professional audio software and hardware, as well as in the education/academic markets. This interdisciplinary degree program is executed in close collaboration with other leading programs at Georgia Tech including Human Computer Interaction, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Design, Interactive Digital Technology, and Mechanical Engineering.

The Master of Science in Music Technology is a four-semester program for a total of 48 credit hours. Applicants will be admitted to the program with an undergraduate degree in music, computing, engineering, or a related degree. Applicants will have to demonstrate their musical background in performance, composition and/or theory, as well as basic skills in programming and/or engineering in order to be admitted to the program. An interview process, which will include a portfolio examination, will be used to determine applicant's qualifications. Upon acceptance, each student will be assigned an academic advisor who will consult and approve student's course selections. After the first year of study and with the approval of their academic advisor, students will choose between two academic tracks:

  1. Project Track - Students will complete a set of requirements that will include twenty-one music technology course credit hours, fifteen elective course credit hours, and twelve research credit hours, leading to the development of a final master's project in Music Technology.
  2. Thesis Track - Students will complete a set of requirements that will include twenty-one music technology course credit hours, nine elective course credit hours, twelve research credit hours, and six Thesis Preparation credit hours, leading to the completion and submission of an master's thesis in Music Technology.

The 48 credit hours program focuses on the design and development of novel enabling music technologies. 36 of the credit hours are course credits (21 required and 15 electives) and a minimum of 12 credits are dedicated to research.

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