Admission Requirements & Deadlines

The post-baccalaureate certificate in applied music (performance, composition, and conducting) is a degree program that provides concentrated study for students with a bachelor’s degree in music.

The certificate program will include 9 units of required coursework and 3 units of electives. Applicants will be screened by the department of music’s audition process for graduate students. Those wishing to later apply for the Master of Music in Performance or Composition may apply up to 12 graduate units from the PBC towards the program with the approval of the Master of Music program director. Credits that could apply include applied lessons, ensembles, and elective courses at the 500 and 600 level.  If coursework from the PBC is applied toward the Master of Music, the seven year time limit for completing the master’s degree begins with the first course taken toward the PBC.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Music degree with a major in the area of concentration from a regionally accredited college or university**.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 for full admission or 2.75 for conditional admission. All GPA calculations for admission are based upon the last 60 units of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study.
  • Students completing the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Certificate in Contemporary American Music program may apply under a collaborative agreement.

Submit the online application plus the following:

  • A Department of Music Supplemental Application
  • Two written evaluations by persons familiar with the applicant's academic studies and/or musical accomplishment.
  • For international students whose native language is not English, competency in the language must be certified by the achievement of a minimum of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Additionally, applicants must undertake a department screening in the form of an audition for the Performance Concentration or portfolio evaluation for the Composition Concentration. Procedures and requirements are available from the Master of Music Program Director.

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in Graduate Admissions.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.