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Undergraduate: Freshmen

The application process for the School of Music undergraduate degree programs and minors is a two-part process. All prospective students must apply both to the University of Maryland and to the School of Music.

1. Apply to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by November 1: Click here to apply.
(If you are a currently enrolled UMCP student, you have already completed this step, and you do not need to apply to the Undergraduate Admissions office again.)

2. Apply to the School of Music by November 1 by completing the Online Supplement Application

3. Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals who know your musical ability (ex. private teacher or high school band, orchestra, or choir director). 

  • In the School of Music Application, students must list their recommender’s names and email addresses, and then their recommenders will receive instructions via email to submit their letters of recommendation online. If the recommenders choose not to submit their letters online, they may mail their letters of recommendation directly to the School of Music at the address listed below.

  • Please note: these letters of recommendation are separate from what the Office of Undergraduate Admissions requires. The School of Music is requesting two letters of recommendation from people who know your musical ability.  
  • We strongly recommend that the letters of recommendation submitted to the Undergraduate Admissions Office focus on your performance in your coursework in school, and not on your abilities as a musician. The letters of recommendation submitted to the School of Music should focus on your strengths as a musician.

 

  • You may also wish to ask your music recommenders to send an additional copy of their letter of recommendation to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. The UG Application also requires two letters of recommendation, one from your school counselor and one from a teacher. While only two letters of recommendation are required by the UG Admissions Office, you may submit more.  

4. Submit a repertoire list (required) and a resume (optional). You may upload both documents as part of your music application.

  • The repertoire list should include the most significant solo repertoire you have studied for your primary instrument or voice. Please include technical studies where appropriate. (Include both title and composer.)
  • The resume should detail your musical achievements.

5. Upload additional materials if you are applying for trumpet, voice,  or piano (prescreen recording) and/or composition(composition portfolio).

6. You may choose to upload any additional materials you would like us to review as part of your music application. 
 
7. Pay the music application fee to Acceptd when you submit your Online Supplement Application.
 
Send any materials not uploaded to your Online Supplement Application to the UMD School of Music via mail. Please follow all instructions carefully.
 
Music Admissions
2110 Clarice Smith Center
College Park, MD 20742
 
Audition notifications will be sent via email on or before December 22, 2017. 

 

Undergraduate: Transfer

The application process for the School of Music undergraduate degree programs and minors for transfer students is very similar to the freshman application process. Students must apply both to the University of Maryland and to the School of Music. PLEASE NOTE: although the transfer admission deadline isn’t until March, transfer applicants should still submit a music application by November 1 in order to be considered for a live audition during our regular January auditions. We do not hold auditions at any other time of the year.

The application process for the School of Music undergraduate degree programs and minors is a two-part process. All students must apply both to the University of Maryland and to the School of Music.


1. Apply to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by March 1: Click here to apply

2. Apply to the School of Music by November 1 by completing the Online Supplement Application

3. Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals who know your musical ability (ex. private teacher, high school band, orchestra, or choir director). 

  • In the School of Music Application, students must list their recommender’s names and email addresses, and then their recommenders will receive instructions via email to submit their letters of recommendation online. If the recommenders choose not to submit their letters online, they may mail their letters of recommendation directly to the School of Music at the address listed below.

 

  • Please note: these letters of recommendation are separate from what the Office of Undergraduate Admissions requires. The School of Music is requesting two letters of recommendation from people who know your musical ability. 

 

  • You may also wish to ask your music recommenders to send an additional copy of their letter of recommendation to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. The UG Application also requires two letters of recommendation, one from your school counselor and one from a teacher. While only two letters of recommendation are required by the UG Admissions Office, you may submit more.  

4. Submit a repertoire list (required) and a resume (optional). You may upload both documents as part of your music application.

  • The repertoire list should include the most significant solo repertoire you have studied for your primary instrument or voice. Please include technical studies where appropriate. (Include both title and composer.)
  • The resume should detail your musical achievements.

5. Upload additional materials if you applying for trumpetvoice, or piano (prescreen recording)and/or composition (composition portfolio).

6. You may choose to upload any additional materials you would like us to review as part of your music application. 

7. Pay the music application fee to Acceptd when you submit your Online Supplement Application.
 
Send any materials not uploaded to your Online Supplement Application to the UMD School of Music via mail. Please follow all instructions carefully.
 
Music Admissions
2110 Clarice Smith Center
College Park, MD 20742
 
Audition notifications will be sent via email on or before December 22, 2017. 

Please review the information about applying to the University of Maryland as a transfer applicant, available here. Please keep in mind the following suggestions for best admission consideration:

Applicants who have not completed 30 college credits must also submit a high school transcript and standardized test scores. Visit Applying as a Transfer Student for more specific information, including housing options for transfer students. If you are on financial aid at your current institution and wish to be considered for music merit scholarships at the University of Maryland, you should also submit this transfer release form.

Graduate

Please be aware, the music portion of the application is completely separate from the Graduate School application. We request that you fill out and submit the graduate application first, and then submit the separate music application.

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 four-point 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 extraordinary 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. 

Please note: We are not accepting applications for the Orchestral Conducting program for Fall 2018 at either the MM or DMA level. 

For graduates, all applicants must:

1. First apply online to the Graduate School. Click here

  • For the program of study, please choose the applicable program for your intended major:
    • For graduate students applying for an MA or a PhD in Ethnomusicology, your four letter program code is MUET [Music: Ethnomusicology (MUET)]
    • For graduate students applying for an MA or PhD in Musicology or Music Theory, your four letter program code is MUSA [Music: Non-Education M.A. and Ph.D. (MUSA)]
    • For graduate students applying for an MA, MM or PhD in Music Education, your four letter program code is MUED [Music: Education M.A., M.M., Ph.D. (MUED)]
    • For graduate students 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 recommender’s 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 either electronically via the Acceptd application (preferred), or hardcopy via mail to the School of Music (mailing address below).

  • The online application requires applicants to upload a scanned version of their transcript 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 wtih 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 hardcopies of your transcript, please mail them directly to the graduate school at the address listed below.

2. After submitting the online Graduate application, please fill out and submit a music application via Acceptd.You should upload your repertoire list, writing samples, resume, etc. to Acceptd.

  • All applicants are required to submit a brief (1,000-2,000 word) statement addressing the following two questions:

a) 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.

b) 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 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. If the recommenders choose not to submit their letters online, they may mail their letters of recommendation directly to the School of Music at the address listed below. 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 music application, submitted via Acceptd. Any letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf should be submitted either electronically via the Acceptd application (preferred), or hardcopy via mail to the School of Music (mailing address below.)
  • 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 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. Click here to view the specific requirements.
  • 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 PhD in Music Education. For, all other music programs, GRE scores are not required.

4.     If you are applying for flute, trumpet, collaborative piano, conducting, or voice,  please upload your prescreen materials or your scores and recordings to your School of Music application.

5. Pay the music application fee to Acceptd when you submit your Online Supplement Application.

If you are sending any materials via hardcopy, please follow these guidelines:

Hardcopies of transcripts should be mailed to:

University of Maryland
Enrollment Services Operations
Application for Graduate Admission
0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742

All other materials should be submitted online, but if you wish to submit additional materials that were not submitted online (do NOT send hardcopies of materials submitted online), please mail them to:

Music Admissions
2110 Clarice Smith Center
College Park, MD 20742

Audition notifications will be sent via email on or before December 22, 2017.  

Decision letters will be sent via mail around March 1, 2018.

 

English Language Proficiency

International students must follow the above requirements for either undergraduate or graduate admissions, 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.

Undergraduate music applicants should refer to the requirements for international applicants available here. The School of Music does not evaluate TOEFL scores for undergraduate students.

Graduate music applicants should see below for the School of Music's requirements for non-native English speakers.

Please note that the School of Music's English proficiency requirements are different than the University's requirements. 

School of Music English-language requirements

1.     Non-native English speakers must submit a TOEFL score. This requirement will be waived for applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree from an English-language institution in the United States (or another approved English-speaking country) and for applicants who have earned a graduate degree in a non-performance related field (i.e. musicology or theory). Waivers will only be granted if at least three years of the undergraduate education or at least two years of the graduate education in a non-performance related field took place at an English-speaking institution. Graduate degrees in performance or performance certificates/diplomas will not exempt an applicant from submitting a TOEFL score.

2.     The School of Music will allow all graduate applicants whose overall TOEFL score is 90 or higher to audition, but in order to be considered for admission a fully passing TOEFL score must be submitted no later than February 15, 2018. Auditions will not be scheduled for applicants with an overall TOEFL score lower than 90.

3.     A passing TOEFL score is defined as:

a.     A score of 100 or higher for doctoral applicants

b.     A score of 92 or higher for masters applicants, so long as the following sectional standards are met:

                                               i.     Reading: 26

                                             ii.     Listening: 24

                                            iii.     Speaking: 22

Please note: 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 the sub section scores, so we can more quickly answer your question.