Bachelor of Science in Sound Engineering

Department of Performing Arts Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Sound Engineering prepares students for engineering careers in the music technology industry—designing, developing, and testing audio hardware and software—as well as careers in acoustical engineering, sound recording, and studio production. Applicants should have a high level of proficiency on an acoustic instrument; experience with music recording and production technologies; and demonstrated aptitude and strong achievement in mathematics, physics, and computer programming.


The Bachelor of Science in Sound Engineering requires a minimum of 120 credits, including 12 in math, 10 in physics, and 20 in engineering. The engineering courses required for the degree fulfill a Minor in Electrical Engineering through the College of Engineering.

SMTD coursework to include:

  • Computer Music Composition and Arranging
  • Sound Recording and Production
  • Electronic Music History and Theory
  • Creative Coding
  • SMTD Music Theory and Musicology Core
  • Advanced Studio Production I and II
  • Technical Ear Training and Critical Listening
  • Sound Reinforcement
  • Three Semesters of Calculus / Differential Equations
  • Physics
  • Engineering Courses in Digital Signal Processing, Circuits, and Computer

Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.

Application Portfolio Requirements

Audition & Interview Dates

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • Apply to U-M via the Common Application or Coalition Application (current U-M students should use the Cross-Campus Transfer Application) by December 1
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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