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BSc Music Theory

The Bachelor of Science in Music Theory at Portland State University provides a strong music foundation with an emphasis on theory. You’ll take advanced coursework in music theory and receive direct mentorship from faculty as you complete a final analytical or creative project.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $666 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

You’ll receive individualized applied lessons in performance, participate in ensembles, and have multiple opportunities to study alongside our composition majors.

Completing this degree in Music Theory at Portland State University will give you the necessary skills in music theory and supportive curriculum to prepare you for graduate study in the discipline, along with the breadth of knowledge, critical thinking, and expressive skills that can be translated to a wide variety of music-related fields and occupations.


Most of our alumni go on to graduate school or pursue work in music arranging, music criticism, publishing, or related music careers. Depending on your interests, your options in the music field are wide open with this broad and flexible music degree.

Recent graduates have forged their own paths in pursuit of graduate degrees, creative work in the music industry, arts administration, and related work.


Courses Included

  • Music Theory
  • Sight-Singing/Ear Training
  • Music History: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque
  • Form & Analysis
  • Orchestration
  • Counterpoint