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Master of Science in Audio Engineering

Dig Deeper Into The Science That Drives Audio Engineering

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Pursue your unique interests in an academic environment with real world application.

The Master of Science with a major in Audio Engineering is designed for those seeking to advance their academic and practical skills in audio engineering, audio coding and programming, acoustics, and sound production. Students explore the science, systems, and the technology of audio engineering through applied practice and research in signal processing, systems development, sound for media, auditory perception, and of course, music-oriented
computing, recording, and production.

MSAE courses mirror today’s dynamic and diverse audio professions with study in the areas of…

  • Acoustic and Electroacoustic Measurement and Design
  • Reinforcement and Concert Mixing
  • Critical Listening for Audio & Music Production
  • Sound Design for Mixed Media
  • Auditory Perception and Hearing Science
  • Digital Audio, Computer Programming, and Signal Analysis
  • Audio Signal Processing
  • Mastering and Sonic Blending

We also allow independent and directed study and our faculty encourage novel research in specialty areas of interest unique to each individual student. The student attracted to this program is looking for an environment that fosters applied research and practice and is seeking opportunities to acquire new knowledge and develop new skills in the science, art, and application of audio engineering for sound recording, music production, acoustics, signal processing, and new product development.

  • Full admission to the M.S. with a major in Audio Engineering program requires completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Undergraduate students interested in admission to the program may apply for provisional admission to the program after completion of ninety-six undergraduate credit hours or 75% or their respective program. * Full admission will be granted only after transcripts confirming successful completion of the bachelor’s program are received.

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  • To be considered for admission to the M.S. with a major in Audio Engineering program, the applicant must:

    - Submit an application including an essay statement of research and professional interests and desired outcomes for participation in the program.

    - Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals who are qualified to evaluate the applicant’s potential for successful masters-level graduate work.

    - Interview with the Curb College Audio Engineering Graduate Admission Advisory Committee.

    - Submit a complete curriculum vitae and/or professional resume.

    - Submit official transcripts from all prior regionally accredited college-level work.

    - Submit an official GRE score no more than five years old, preferably three years or less.

    - Be proficient in the English language. *

    - Pay the graduate application fee.


    * International applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to take either TOEFL or IELTS.