Screen Scoring

Master of Music – Curriculum

This two-semester master’s program focuses on the art and craft of composing, orchestrating, programming, conducting, producing, recording, mixing, editing, copying and integrating music for screen-based media, including motion pictures, television programming, video games, internet fare and other new visual media. Classes are also offered in technology, entrepreneurialism and the business of making movies.

Students must complete at least 26 semester units at USC, including the portfolio. A grade point average of not less than 3.0 (A = 4.0) is required for all graduate courses in music, and a grade of B or higher is required for all courses in the major department. Students who transfer credits must achieve this average on all combined transferred and residence units.

A portfolio of multiple original manuscript scores for films and/or games, along with screening copies containing audio tracks, is required for graduation. The scoring faculty will provide students with additional details for this requirement.

Refer to the USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements.


  • The program details described above are subject to change. Actual degree requirements for a given academic year may differ from what is listed here.
  • See the Thornton Admission page for specific application information.
  • Current students should refer to the specific requirements list for their major, which is available through the Thornton Student Affairs office.