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Supplemental Materials

 

Various degree programs require the following additional application materials to be submitted to the Graduate School via ApplyYourself.

Theory (MA, PhD)

  • Original papers (one tonal and one post-tonal analysis)
  • GRE scores
  • Finalists will be contacted by program faculty for an in-person interview (remote interviews are possible for students who can't visit campus)

Prerequisites: It is expected that students applying to the Theory MA program will have completed and undergraduate degree in music and basic professional preparation, defined as the equivalent of three years of theory and analysis (tonal and post-tonal) and one semester of counterpoint. Upon admission, students are expected to show proficiency equivalent to, or beyond that required to pass the equivalency examinations in tonal and post-tonal theory and analysis, ear training, counterpoint and music history for the University of Minnesota B.A. in music.  Theory PhD applicants should have a completed MA in theory or the equivalent upon entry to the program. 

Composition (MA, PhD)

  • Original scores and recordings (two-four scores of varying genres) submitted to the Music Admissions Office, U of M School of Music, 200A Ferguson Hall, 2106 4th Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55455 or via ApplyYourself. Do not send application materials directly to faculty members.
  • GRE scores

Prerequisites: students applying to the Composition MA will hold an undergraduate degree in music, and those applying to the Composition PhD will hold a completed masters degree in music. In addition, both Composition MA/PhD applicants should have completed basic professional preparation, defined as the equivalent of a minimum of one year of orchestration, one semester of counterpoint, and three years of theory and analysis (tonal and post-tonal).

Musicology/Ethnomusicology (MA, PhD)

  • Original papers, including at least one that demonstrates ability in musical analysis. 
  • GRE scores

Prerequisites: Musicology/Ethnomusicology MA applicants should hold an undergraduate degree in music or its equivalent. The M.A. and Ph.D. degrees are cumulative, in that courses taken in fulfillment of the M.A. are applicable toward the Ph.D. Therefore, applicants to the Ph.D. should already have an M.A. in musicology or ethnomusicology. 

Music Education (MM)

  • Documentation of K–12 music teaching experience strongly preferred
  • Interview with music education faculty
  • Excellent scholastic record from accredited college or university

Prerequisites: Music Education MM applicants should hold an appropriate bachelor's degree in music, generally with licensure in music education

Music Therapy (MA)

  • Interview with music therapy faculty
  • Excellent scholastic record from accredited college or university
  • GRE scores

Prerequisites: Music Therapy MA applicants should hold an appropriate bachelor's degree in music

Music Education (PhD)

  • Original papers (e.g. research or professional papers)
  • Documentation of at least three years of successful teaching experience on the elementary, secondary, and/or college levels, or, at least 3500 hours of clinical experience in music therapy.
  • Excellent scholastic record from accredited college or university
  • GRE scores
  • Finalists will be required to complete an interview with the music education faculty

Prerequisites: Music Education PhD applicants should hold an appropriate master's degree in music

Collaborative Piano/Coaching (MM, DMA)

Prerequisites: Collaborative Piano/Coaching MM applicants should hold an appropriate undergraduate degree in music, DMA applicants should hold a masters degree in music.

Conducting (MM), Choral 

  • Video screening
  • Cumulative repertoire list
  • Audition and Interview (scheduled directly with faculty by invitation only)  

​​Prerequisites: Conducting MM applicants should hold an appropriate undergraduate degree in music or its equivalent.

Conducting (MM), Orchestral 

  • This program is not accepting applications for 2017-2018 entrance.

Conducting (MM), Wind Ensemble/Band 

  • Video screening
  • Cumulative repertoire list
  • Audition and Interview (scheduled directly with faculty by invitation only) 

​​Prerequisites: Conducting MM applicants should hold an appropriate undergraduate degree in music or its equivalent.

Conducting (DMA)

  • Video screening
  • Cumulative repertoire list
  • Audition and Interview (scheduled directly with faculty by invitation only) 

​​Prerequisites: Conducting DMA applicants should hold an appropriate masters degree in music or its equivalent.

Performance (MM, DMA)

Prerequisites: Performance MM applicants should hold an appropriate undergraduate degree in music, Performance DMA applicants should hold a masters degree in music or its equivalent. 

GRE General Exam

The GRE general exam is required for all graduate applicants in music education, music therapy, musicology/ethnomusicology, theory, and composition. The GRE is not required for all other graduate programs. The GRE general exam is available both in paper-based and computerized formats, with computerized tests reporting scores within two weeks in most areas. Students must submit GRE results from tests taken within the past five years. Scores older than five years will not be accepted. 

Please send all test scores to the Graduate School. The Graduate School ETS code is 6874.

International Language Tests

The Graduate School requires that all international students submit an official IELTS or TOEFL score. Test scores to the Graduate School

Application Questions?  Contact the Music Admissions Office
musicapply@umn.edu | 612-624-2847