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Music (MFA) | Master’s Degree

Bennington College


Bennington’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Music program invites students of music to develop their artistic vision by pursuing work at an advanced level in either composition or voice. (In exceptional cases, students wishing to pursue postgraduate work in other performance areas may be considered.) In a supportive and demanding environment, MFA candidates, in dialogue with the faculty, design an individual program that puts them in contact with a range of accomplished faculty members over the course of their time here, as well as with disciplines outside of music, with the primary goal of refining and deepening the quality of their work as performers or composers.

The Bennington music faculty accepts one or two graduate students at a time to pursue postgraduate work.

Cost Total Cost $50,075

  • Tuition (yearly) $25,000

  • Application Fee $75

  • Cost information is approximate, please visit the program's website for the most up to date information available.

Financial Assistance

  • Grants & Scholarships

    Graduate students typically finance their education through loans. Some grants and scholarships may be available. A limited number of assistantships may be awarded through the Dean’s Office to MFA students in Music or Dance. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions.

    State or Local Grant
    Private Grant
    Other Grant
    State or Local Scholarship
    Private Scholarship
    Other Scholarship
    Veteran Educational Assistance Program
    Department of Defense (DoD) Tuition Assistance
    State or Local Military Assistance

  • Loans

    The federal student loan is the primary loan resource for most graduate students. Federal Grad PLUS loans may be available to MFA students if the federal unsubsidized student loan will not cover expenses.

    MFA students can borrow an amount covering the cost of tuition, residency, and an allowance for books, supplies, and transportation. Living costs during the period of non-residency are not covered by loans or other aid.

    Federal Unsubsidized Loan
    Private Loan
    Other Loan
    Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan