Undergraduate programs

The School of Music & Theater is located within the hub of musical and theatrical activity in the Pacific Northwest, only three blocks from the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. It maintains close ties to the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Portland Jazz Orchestra, Portland Piano International, Portland Youth Philharmonic,  Chamber Music Northwest, Oregon Repertory Singers, Artists Repertory Theater, Portland Center Stage, Milagro Theatre, and Third Rail Repertory Theater, among other organizations. Faculty and students alike interact with these performing organizations in various ways. 

Students have the opportunity to study with faculty members who are internationally recognized performers, conductors, composers, actors, directors, writers, and scholars. Standards are high as students pursue the conservatory-like Bachelor of Music degree or the more general Bachelor of Arts or Science in Music or Theater. Graduates have consistently demonstrated their excellence in the fields of performance, conducting, composition, acting, writing, production, and scholarship. Many are leaders in music, theater, and education around the Northwest and elsewhere.

Programs in the School of Music & Theater are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and National Association of Schools of Theater. Graduates have gained admission to both university graduate programs and professional training programs; they have become teachers and university professors; and they have pursued a range of related professions in the arts, education, business, administration, law, social services, and non-profit management.

Degree Maps and Learning Outcomes

Admissions requirement

Degree requirements

Musicology/Ethnomusicology B.A./B.S.

Music Theory B.A./B.S.

Performance B.A./B.S.

Sonic Arts and Music Production

Theater Arts B.A./B.S.

Composition B.M.

Jazz Studies B.M.

Music Education B.M.

Performance B.M.

Performance with an Emphasis on Voice B.M.

Dance Minor

Jazz Studies Minor

Music Minor

Music History Minor

Theater Arts Minor

Drama - Secondary Teacher Education Program

Dance Certificate

Jazz Studies Minor


To earn a Minor in Jazz Studies, a student must complete 35 advisor-approved credits (17 credits must be in residence at Portland State University), to include the following:


Mup 190Applied Music


Mup 290Applied Music


Mus 111Music Theory I


Mus 112Music Theory I


Mus 113Music Theory I


Mus 114Sight-Singing/Ear Training


Mus 115Sight-Singing/Ear Training


Mus 116Sight-Singing/Ear Training


Mus 188Performance Attendance


Mus 198Jazz Lab Band


Mus 203Music in the Western World


Mus 355UJazz History


Mus 398Jazz Lab Band


Total Credit Hours: 35

Mus 114Mus 116: Concurrent enrollment in Mus 111, Mus 112, and Mus 113 is required.

Mus 188: To be taken concurrently with Applied Music

Mup 190, Mup 290, Mus 298: Music minors must enroll in Applied Music and the related large ensemble.