Founded in 1965, Penn State's Graduate Program in Acoustics has become the leading resource for graduate education in acoustics in the United States. The interdisciplinary program leads to the degrees: Master of Engineering in Acoustics (M.Eng.), Master of Science in Acoustics (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy in Acoustics (Ph.D.)
The acoustics and electronics minor at Berklee provides students an opportunity to investigate scientific, mathematical, psychological, and physiological principles in the study of acoustics. Students learn about the nature of sound waves and vibration, sound propagation, sound outdoors and indoors, sound transmission and noise reduction, sound reinforcement systems, room acoustics and vibration isolation, acoustics of musical instruments, the human ear and perception, and psychoacoustics. Students also learn how acoustics is studied and communicated mathematically, electronically, physiologically and psychologically. The minor emphasizes the contemporary musician's need to understand acoustical phenomenon in performance, composition, and music technology applications.
We have a thriving student chapter of the Acoustical Society of America, the main professional organization for the study of acoustics. Students in our chapter, one of only 14 such chapters in the country, advance their expertise outside the classroom with additional networking opportunities, attend conferences, and host guest speakers and industry leaders on campus.
The Acoustical Studies program at the Peabody Institute is a two-year graduate program, resulting in a Master of Arts degree, which prepares students to work in the specialized and growing fields of architectural acoustic design and consulting, acoustical product design, and audio systems design and integration. The program provides a thorough grounding in acoustics fundamentals, design practices, and advanced analysis applications, to enable graduates to pursue careers in these specialized fields.
The program considers all aspects of the behavior of sound in space and its impact on the human condition, from the classroom, to the concert hall, to the workplace, to the city. As the only graduate program in acoustics situated within a music conservatory [in North America], the program has a specific [but not exclusive] focus on music, and on the design and analysis of spaces for performance, including concert and recital halls, spoken-word theaters, studios for recording and production, and critical listening spaces.
The Acoustical Studies program at the Peabody Institute is dedicated to applied learning and investigation, with outcomes that not only contribute to the broader body of acoustics understanding, but also that serve the city and community, by addressing actual acoustics challenges and conditions. Students will utilize and learn from the various performance, assembly and studio spaces within the Peabody Institute and Johns Hopkins University, but will also spend significant time off site, within the region and beyond, to listen, learn, analyze and apply their developing expertise within a broader context.
This master's in acoustics is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirement for Further Learning, for Chartered Engineer registration. Candidates must hold a BEng/BSc undergraduate first degree that is accredited for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
Related subjects include Applied Acoustics, Audio Acoustics, Environmental Acoustics and Electroacoustics. Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Physics or Engineering.
On this MSc in Acoustical Engineering you'll learn how to apply acoustics to technology. Our master's in acoustics will give you expert knowledge of the latest modern developments in sound, vibration and signal processing.Read more
Students receive education in acoustics applicable to industry and research. From this, students will be able to consider and solve industrial acoustic problems and, more specifically, be capable of delving into research and development issues. Besides a specialist knowledge of acoustics, this requires a general knowledge of the fundamentals of mechanical engineering to fully understand problems in all their complexity.
Entering students should hold a bachelor's degree in physics, engineering, mathematics, or a closely related field that would provide substantial preparation in mathematics (a minimum of two semesters of calculus-based physics and mathematics to include complex variables and differential equations). In addition, an undergraduate knowledge of statics and dynamics, linear algebra, and electronic circuit analysis, and the ability to use mathematical analysis software is expected. Students with a 3.00 junior/senior average (on a 4.00 scale), appropriate course backgrounds, and a B+ or better average in mathematics, physical science, and engineering courses will be considered for admission. The best-qualified applicants will be accepted up to the number of spaces that are available for new students. An individual with nontechnical background may also apply, but acceptance into the program will depend significantly on the applicant's undergraduate background and motives to pursue advanced study in acoustics. Exceptions to the minimum 3.00 grade-point average may be made for students with special backgrounds and abilities.
The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program is based on a combination of graduate course work and research training that is documented and culminates (a) in a Master of Science thesis or (b) in a scholarly paper. The M.S. degree in Acoustics is only available for resident students at University Park. For track (a) both the course selection and research are directed by an adviser. When the student is working on the thesis research, at least two other faculty members, upon the adviser's suggestion, will be recommended to the Program Chair who will approve the thesis committee. The total number of credits required for the M.S. degree is 30, and at least 20 of those credits must be taken at University Park. 24 course credits are required, of which 18 must be from approved 500-level acoustics core courses. 6 Thesis Research credits (ACS 600) are required for students writing a Master of Science Thesis.
The scholarly paper track (b) is only available for students participating in the one-year M.S. program that requires 12-month continuous registration. As part of the one-year M.S. program students must take one credit of Research Topics (ACS 594) in both the fall and spring semesters, and take a special summer course, Contemporary Research Topics in Acoustics (ACS 580). The scholarly paper will be developed in the ACS 594 classes and will normally be completed as part of ACS 580. This paper will typically be a study of a particular topic that is more limited than that necessary for a thesis. The paper is free of any formal requirements of the Graduate School, but it is expected that the student will use the formatting as described in the Thesis Guide. Students in the one-year M.S. program will not take any Thesis Research credits (ACS 600). The total number of credits required for the M.S. degree is 30, and at least 20 of those credits must be taken at University Park. 24 course credits are required, of which 18 must be from approved 500-level acoustics core courses.
The programme is characterised by cutting-edge research which is also strongly incorporated in the teaching. Students benefit from 24/7 access to world-class acoustic laboratories, including three anechoic chambers, a standardised multichannel listening room, a variable acoustics room, sound-proof listening booths, and immersive audiovisual environments.
The programme provides students with vast knowledge, expertise, and experience for them to improve and transform the way we hear the world. Results from recent research in acoustics and sound engineering are integrated in the courses. Sustainability is deeply integrated into the studies, both in terms of resource-efficient learning methods and topics that contribute to a healthier environment. To give an example of the future-facing content, one growing field is audio engineering for telepresence and 3D virtual reality technologies.
We are regularly called upon to deliver bespoke acoustics courses and consultancy for industry, local authorities and government bodies. We have also conducted important research into subjects such as road traffic noise and noise associated with dog kennels.
Practitioners of acoustics, or acousticians, want to understand how sound impacts a listener, we look at the path that the sound has taken on its way to the listener from the source. Assessing or manipulating any sound can be simplified into what is often called a source-path-receiver analysis. Sound is generated by a source, follows some path from source to receiver, and is experienced by the receiver (usually a human listener). If we want to change the quality or quantity of sound at the receiver, we have to make a change to one or more of these three elements: the source, path, or the receiver itself.
When the reflecting surface is not flat and smooth, the sound may reflect in many directions at the same time. The uneven surface provides several smaller surfaces that have varying angles of incidence, resulting in varying angles of reflection. Diffuse surfaces are often used in architectural acoustics to eliminate or reduce the presence of distracting echoes.
When people speak of the acoustics of a room, they are usually referring to the behavior of sound within the room. However, the transmission of sound from one room to another is equally important. In rooms designed for music performance and recording, it is critical to keep intrusive noise from traffic, airplanes, other studios, etc. from interfering. In apartment bui