Professional Studies Diploma

  • Full-time (12-credit minimum each semester), two-year, four-semester program
  • Advanced private study in the concentration
  • Post-baccalaureate or post-master's level
  • Concentrated coursework designed individually for each student

Fields of Study

The professional studies diploma is offered in the following fields of study:

  • Orchestral Instruments
  • Piano
  • Harpsichord
  • Piano and Collaborative Piano
  • Orchestral Conducting
  • Choral Conducting
  • Voice
  • Classical Guitar
  • Composition
  • Theory

View the Curriculum

Download the academic requirements and curricula for the professional studies program as a PDF document. 

Each student's curriculum, designed in consultation with the director of Academic Advisement, is developed to enhance professional performance or compositional skills. All courses taken for diploma credit must be graduate-level Mannes courses.

Although all Mannes and some New School courses are available to professional studies students, only graduate credits earned at Mannes may be applied toward the diploma.

Qualifying tests are required for admission into some courses. A performance jury is required in the appropriate concentrations during each year of residency. Students concentrating in an orchestral instrument are required to participate in The Mannes Orchestra, ensembles, and repertory classes during each semester of residency; some are required to participate in chamber music.

Level: Advanced Diploma

Residency Requirement:
Two years full-time

Credit Requirement:
32 graduate credits earned at Mannes

Entrance Requirements:
MM, BM, Diploma, or equivalent degree from accredited institution

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