Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Applied Music (P.B.C.)

Application Deadlines

Spring 2023 Summer 2023 Fall 2023

Priority Deadline: Nov. 1

Final Deadline: Jan. 7

Final Deadline: May 1

Priority Deadline: June 15

Final Deadline: Aug. 15

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 Criteria

  • No GRE scores are required
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4-point scale) is required for full admission to the program, and 2.75 is required for conditional admission. GPA calculations may be based upon the cumulative units or the last 60 units of the degree. See graduate admission policies for more information.
  • 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.
  • Bachelor of Music degree with a major in the area of concentration from a regionally accredited college or university. 
  • Students completing the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Certificate in Contemporary American Music program may apply under a collaborative agreement.

Application Requirements

Submit an online application, application fee and official transcripts, along with:

  • Supplemental Application: A Department of Music Supplemental Application
  • Written Evaluations: Two written evaluations by persons familiar with the applicant's academic studies and/or musical accomplishment.

Additional Requirements for International Students

Towson University welcomes international applicants who hold or seek an F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the United States. International students may also be required to provide proof of English-language proficiency and provide a course-by-course credential evaluation. See additional information about admission requirements for international students.