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Application for Art, Art History, DMA and Music Masters degrees

Admission requirements: Graduate Catalog


Application Instructions for Art, Art History, and Music Masters degrees
International Student Form - (required of all non US citizens.)
International Student Financial Information Form - (required of all non US citizens applying for graduate admission who will need to obtain an I-20 and a student visa. This is critical if you wish to obtain your visa.)
Instruction Sheet for International Student Financial Information Form
Application for Non-Degree Student
DMA Entrance Exam requirements

Application Deadline for Fall 2017:

(The deadline means all materials should be in, and the student's file complete. It does not mean that applications should be postmarked on the dates below.)

DMA - December 1, 2017

MM Music - March 1, 2018

Art and Art History - February 1, 2018


(Please do not staple application materials, or place in binders or folders.)

School of Music: - Do I need to audition? All music applicants must schedule an audition. The correct audition form may be found at:

Art students: You will need to upload your portfolio. SLIDEROOM.COM Please consult the School of Art’s website for application deadlines and instructions for submitting portfolios online with

If you have difficulty submitting your entry, please email Most questions can be answered with a simple email. If necessary, a technician will call you.


**All entering music Masters level graduate students are required to take placement examinations during the first week of residency and must satisfy keyboard and theory proficiencies. ALL portions of the test must be satisfactorily completed prior to admission to candidacy.


Students majoring in voice performance and pedagogy:

1.  As part of the audition process, candidates for all voice graduate degrees will be asked to sight-read and translate French, German and Italian into English.

2. As a prerequisite for admission to the MM and DMA in Vocal Performance, all candidates must have completed either Intermediate French, German or Italian, or demonstrate equivalent knowledge


Master’s degrees in Band or Orchestral Conducting:

Piano Proficiency
Applicants for advanced degree programs in band or orchestral emphasis conducting must provide transcript evidence that the required piano proficiency level from the undergraduate degree granting institution was successfully completed. Should one be unable to present such transcript documentation, an individual assessment will be scheduled with the Conducting Division Faculty before or during the audition process.


Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Choral Conducting:

Piano Proficiency
As a diagnostic evaluation during the interview process and before acceptance to the program, students will be asked to sight read two choral pieces in open score format (SATB) at the piano. One piece will be homophonic and the other will have simple imitative polyphony—both pieces from the Renaissance or Baroque eras.
If major deficiencies exist the student will not be admitted to the program. If minor deficiencies exist the student will practice under guidance during the first year of study and retake the exam.



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Dr. Darron Turner
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Jarvis Hall 228
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