Master of Arts in Composition and Theory

Course summary

The Master’s degree in Music Composition and Theory offers access to composition through various media and techniques. Composition is understood as ranging from traditional notation on paper, to the setting in sound of visual material, the digital synthesis of sounds or the staging of musical productions.


The objective of the course of study is to train composers so that they have an overview of all the processes of musical creation in their own musical projects, and are able to reflect on and communicate them.


Title / QualificationMaster of Arts in Composition/Theory

The Master of Arts in Music Composition/Theory is a cooperative Master's degree with the Zurich University of the Arts and offers seven study emphases. The Bern University of the Arts offers three study emphases:

  • Composition
  • Théâtre Musical
  • Jazz Composition & Arrangement
Program study optionsFull or part-time/in conjunction with a job
Language(s) of instructionGerman, English, French
CampusBern and Zurich
Course beginsWeek 38
Deadline for applicationsApplication deadline for the Master program
Co-operationsZurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)


A Master’s degree in Composition/Theory fully qualifies graduates for careers as musicians or composers in the areas of composition, music technology, theory and production.

Detailed information

MA Composition and Theory

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Head of degree programme

Xavier Dayer

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