Admission Requirements & Deadlines

music education


Application Deadline

This program has rolling admission. Priority will be given to students whose applications and transcripts have been received by February 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission and April 1 for summer admission. Students who miss the priority deadline may contact the program director via email to inquire if space is still available for the forthcoming term. 

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in music education or music from a regionally accredited college or university* or certification as a public school music teacher.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.00 for admission. All GPA calculations for admission are based upon the last 60 units of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study.
  • After being admitted, an Advisory Essay in Music History and Culture is required for enrollment in a graduate level history and culture course. Students should submit the essay in pdf format through email to the Music History and Culture coordinator by May 7th for Fall enrollment and by December 1st for Spring enrollment. Please contact your Program Director for more information regarding the prompts for this essay.

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

*See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions

After being admitted to the program:

  • Contact the Program Director to establish an advising session
  • Using the Advising Form, you and the Program Director will review courses and outline your program
  • After a minimum of 20 units of course work, contact the Program Director to review program completion progress and to make plans for completing the comprehensive examination and the graduate project or thesis
  • In general, contact the Program Director about every 10 units of course work or as needed throughout your degree.