Computer Science and Music

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Computer Science and Music?

This major is for students interested in pursuing a career in music technology, music composition, or audio technology. Your degree will prepare you for the changing music production industry. You’ll take courses in music theory, musicianship, computer science, math, and more. This major will prepare you to challenge the status quo in music composition and explore new avenues of expression. You must submit a portfolio and pass an interview before being accepted into this program.

Career Options

  • Arrangement
  • Arts administration
  • Equipment technology
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Instrument services
  • Music editing
  • Music engineering & mixing
  • Music performance
  • Music promotion
  • Music publishing
  • Music recording
  • Research
  • Teaching

Post-Graduation Success1

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Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Calculus preferred (if available at high school)
  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)
  • Interest in Music in addition to Computer Science

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.1 years to degree

89% first-year retention rate

63% four-year graduation rate

77% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $39,736
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $63,226


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358