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GRADUATE ADMISSIONS

Learn how to apply to the School of Music.

Admission Requirements

The University of Maryland Graduate School requires that all incoming graduate students have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). The School of Music will petition for waiver of this requirement only in extraordinary circumstances. Students interested in applying to the School of Music with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 should be sure to submit fall grades and consider retaking any music or writing courses in which a grade of B- or lower was earned. 

In most cases, graduate admission to the School of Music requires an undergraduate degree in music. A waiver of this requirement may be granted in some circumstances, but the applicant should be prepared to demonstrate the equivalent of an upper-level, undergraduate competency in music theory and music history. The graduate program in ethnomusicology does consider applicants who have earned undergraduate degrees in related fields.

Application Instructions

Graduate Students

The application process for the School of Music graduate degree programs is a two-part process. All prospective students must apply to both the University of Maryland Graduate School and the School of Music. We request that you fill out and submit the graduate application first, and then submit the separate music application. Both applications are due December 1.

All applicants must:

  1. First apply online to the Graduate School.
    • For the program of study, please choose the applicable program for your intended major:
      • For those applying for an M.A. or a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, your four letter program code is MUET [Music: Ethnomusicology (MUET)]
      • For those applying for an M.A. or Ph.D. in musicology or music theory, your four letter program code is MUSA [Music: Non-Education M.A. and Ph.D. (MUSA)]
      • For those applying for an M.A., M.M. or Ph.D. in Music Education, your four letter program code is MUED [Music: Education M.A., M.M., Ph.D. (MUED)]
      • For those applying for any other degree program in music (this includes all performance and composition degrees), your four letter program code is MUSC [Music: Non-Education M.M. and D.M.A. (MUSC)]
    • Letters of Recommendation – The Graduate School application will ask you for your recommenders’ names and email addresses, however it is set to not require you to fill out these fields. The School of Music faculty DO NOT review your graduate school application. They will only review your music application, submitted via Acceptd. Any letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf should be submitted electronically via the Acceptd application.
    • You’re required to upload a scanned version of transcripts issued by each institution attended (in English). International applicants must upload a scanned official copy of all previous degrees/diplomas and transcripts issued in the original language with a literal English translation. Please make sure the scanned copy is legible. Upon enrollment, all students will need to have an official copy sent to the Graduate School by each institution you previously attended. For a full description of the transcript requirements, please go to the FAQ section of the Graduate School's website that describes transcripts and diplomas. If you are submitting hard copies of your transcript, please mail them directly to the graduate school at the address listed below.
  2. After submitting the Graduate School application, please fill out and submit the School of Music application via Acceptd. You should upload your repertoire list, writing samples, resume and any additional supplemental materials to Acceptd.
    • All applicants are required to submit a brief (1,000-2,000 word) statement addressing the following two questions:
      • What are your reasons for undertaking graduate study at the University of Maryland? Indicate, if appropriate, any specific areas of research interest. You may wish to discuss past work in your intended field or allied fields, your plans for a professional career or how you developed your interest in or knowledge of your chosen subject.
      • What life experiences have you had that you feel have prepared you to pursue a graduate degree at a large, diverse institution such as the University of Maryland? Among the items you might care to include would be your financial, community and family background, whether you are the first person in your family to pursue a higher education or any other factors that you feel would contribute to the diversity of our academic community. You may also wish to give the graduate admissions committee some examples of your determination to pursue your goals, your initiative and ability to develop ideas and/or your capacity for working through problems independently.
    • Please upload the most recent version of your resume/curriculum vitae (recommended).
    • In the School of Music application, students must list the name and email address for three recommenders, and then their recommenders will receive instructions via email to submit their letters of recommendation online. The Graduate School application may require you to submit the names of your recommenders in order to be able to submit the application. Please be aware that the School of Music faculty DO NOT review your Graduate School application. They will only review your School of Music application, submitted via Acceptd. Any letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf should be submitted electronically via the Acceptd application.
    • All applicants must submit transcripts in order to be considered for admission to the University of Maryland Graduate School. You may upload a scanned copy or unofficial copy of your transcript to the School of Music application. Please make sure the transcript is legible. If you have a copy of a transcript that is encrypted, please do not upload it. It will show up as a blank document. Print the document out, scan it, then upload a scanned version.
    • Performance applicants [those applying for the Music: Non-Education M.M. and D.M.A. (MUSC) program] should upload a repertoire list.
    • Composition applicants should upload your scores and recordings through the School of Music application. View the specific requirements for composition applicants.
    • For other programs, please click here to find specific information about application materials required for your program.
    • Please be aware, you will not be able to submit the School of Music application until you have filled out all required fields and uploaded all materials required for your specific program or instrument. 
  3. GRE scores are required only for students applying to the following programs: music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology and the Ph.D. in music education. For all other music programs, GRE scores are not required.
  4. If you are applying for flute, clarinet, solo piano, collaborative piano, conducting or voice, please upload your pre-screen materials or your scores and recordings to your School of Music application.
  5. Pay the music application fee to Acceptd when you submit your School of Music application. Hard copies of transcripts should be mailed to the Graduate School:
  • University of Maryland
    Enrollment Services Operations
    Application for Graduate Admission
    0130 Mitchell Building
    College Park, MD 20742

Audition notifications will be sent via email on or before December 20.
Decision letters will be sent around March 15.

For International Students

International students must follow the above requirements as well as additional requirements specific to international students such as certification of finances and English proficiency.

For complete details on international admissions requirements, consult the International Admissions page maintained by the Office of International Programs.

The Graduate School's policy on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) can be found here. PLEASE NOTE that the School of Music's requirements are slightly different than those of the Graduate School.

School of Music Requirements:

All non-native English speakers must submit a TOEFL score. This requirement may be waived for certain applicants:

  • If you have earned an undergraduate degree from an English-language institution in an approved English-speaking country and completed at least three years of coursework at that institution, you will not be required to submit a TOEFL score.
  • If you have earned a graduate degree in an academic (non-performance) field from an English-language institution in an approved English-speaking country and completed at least two years of coursework at that institution, you will not be required to submit a TOEFL score. Graduate degrees in performance or performance certificates/diplomas will not exempt an applicant from submitting a TOEFL score.

The School of Music will schedule auditions for students able to report a MyBest TOEFL score of 88 or higher.

To be considered for full admission, M.A. and M.M. applicants must submit a MyBest TOEFL score of 92 or higher, with sectional superscores meeting the following requirements:

Reading: 26
Speaking: 22
Listening: 24
Writing: 20

To be considered for full admission, Ph.D. and D.M.A. applicants must submit a MyBest TOEFL score of 96 or higher, with sectional superscores meeting the following requirements:

Reading: 26
Speaking: 22
Listening: 24
Writing: 24

In order to be considered for funding (including assistantships), applicants must meet all requirements for full admission by February 15 (postponements are considered on a case-by-case basis). Applicants who do not meet the requirements for full admission and who do not wish to be considered for funding are advised to enroll in the Voxy Program in the spring or summer. Failure to submit a TOEFL score that meets the requirements for full admission by the start of the fall semester will result in enrollment in the MEI English Bridge Program.

PLEASE NOTE that there are two other English language exams that the university accepts: the IELTS and Pearson. The Graduate School sets similar minimum requirements for these exams.

If you have any questions, please contact music admissions to determine exactly how this policy affects you. Please provide your overall score and subscores so we can more quickly answer your question. 

Pre-Screen Requirements

Pre-screen videos are required for all graduate flute, clarinet, conducting, solo piano, collaborative piano and voice applicants. Specific requirements for the pre-screen recording for your instrument can be found on the Graduate Audition page. All pre-screen recordings should be submitted as part of your School of Music application. Our application and pre-screen recording deadline for graduate applicants is December 1. Audition notifications will be sent via email on or before December 20.

Audition Information

Performance graduate degrees require an audition. Graduate auditions take place in January and February.