Steps for Applying

All MM or MA applicants must have:

  • A completed baccalaureate degree in music, or the equivalent, at an accredited institution of higher education by the time of matriculation.
  • A grade point average of B (3.0) or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate program.
  • Additional requirements vary according to the major area of study.

Priority application deadline to begin studies in the fall semester (August to December) is January 15. Applicants must submit all required materials (both Step 1 and Step 2 below) by this date to receive full consideration for admission and for assistantship/financial support. Applications received after January 15 will be considered as space permits.

Step 1:  Apply to MU Graduate Studies

Go to http://gradstudies.missouri.edu/

You will need to submit:

  • Application form
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • TOEFL scores (international students)
  • Application fee ($65 domestic, $90 international)
  • Contact information for three individuals who will be asked to write letters of recommendation for you
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay describing your professional goals
  • Select a preferred date for an in-person audition or interview.  
    It is highly recommended that graduate applicants visit the campus in person, however, if you are unable to attend one of the specified dates, you may request a special date.
  • One of the following:
    • Audition video recording of your performance and repertoire list
    • Samples of scholarly writing (Musicology and Music Theory majors)
    • Samples of original compositions (Composition majors)

International Students  (link)

Graduate Audition Days
Through Acceptd, you will be able to select preferred in-person audition dates.  The dates for students planning to enter in the Fall 2018 semester are:

  • Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Monday, February 26, 2018
  • Monday, March 5, 2018

Step 2: Confirmation of Audition Date

Once your application process is complete through the Office of Graduate Studies and Acceptd, the faculty members in your area will confer regarding your materials and determine if an invitation will be extending to you for an on-campus audition and interview.  This invitation will come from the faculty and the admissions coordinator will then work with you on your schedule.

Step 3: Come to Graduate Audition Day/Audition Repertoire by Area

A graduate audition day usually consists of class visits, rehearsal observation, your audition with the faculty, and a possible interview for graduate assistantships unrelated to your area.  We try to schedule a lunch with other students and also allow you some time to talk with and ask questions of the Director of Graduate Studies and the /or the Director of the School of Music.

AUDITION REPERTOIRE BY AREA

The dates for students planning to enter in the Fall 2018 semester are:

  • Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Monday, February 26, 2018
  • Monday, March 5, 2018

Step 4: Acceptance Letter

The acceptance letter usually contains different options for your consideration and an acceptance form. Once you have reached a decision, the acceptance form should be completed and sent back to the School of Music Office as soon as possible.

International Student Information
Strong English reading, writing, and speaking abilities are necessary for success in the graduate programs in the School of Music. The following scores are required for admission to a graduate degree program in the School of Music:

  • TOEFL 550 (paper) or 80 (internet)
  • IELTS 6.5
  • No subscores below TOEFL 52 (paper) or 17 (internet), or IELTS 6.0

If your TOEFL scores do not meet these requirements, you may apply to the intensive English program at the MU Center for English Language Learning (CELL). This does not guarantee acceptance to the School of Music, but you may re-apply to the SOM if you achieve a sufficient TOEFL through the CELL program.

If you are an international student or a resident who has extenuating circumstances and cannot audition and interview in person, the recording/materials submitted via the online application to the School of Music will be evaluated in place of the in-person audition. Such applicants may be required to participate in a videoconference interview (Skype, FaceTime, etc.) or to audition on campus at a later time.