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Graduate Student Admissions

Step 1: Applications

  • First, all applicants must apply to the University of Arkansas Graduate School for admission to the University.
  • Second, applicants fill out a supplemental portfolio within the applicant portal for the Department of Music. The portfolio includes: an application, pre-screning material, a resume, a written statement of interest, and provide up to five names and contacts for letters of recommendation.
  • Do I need to take the GRE? The GRE is not required for admission to graduate studies in music except for those applying to the Music History or Music Theory program. The graduate school may require a standardized test score if your GPA is below 3.0.

Step 2: Music Audition/Interview

Prerequisite for applying to the M.M. degree

Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree with a major in music from an accredited institution. The applicant must apply to both the Graduate School and the Department of Music.  

The specific requirements for admission to individual concentrations of the Master of Music degree program are:

  • Performance and Collaborative Piano applicants should submit pre-screening recordings of at least two pieces in contrasting style. Most applicants also come to campus for an in-person audition.
  • Music Education applicants should have an undergraduate degree in music education, and at least one year of  teaching experience is preferred. A video of recent classroom teaching experience is required. An interview will be schedule for applicants.
  • Music History and Music Theory applicants must submit a writing sample representative of their work, as well as scores for the Graduate Record Exam.
  • Composition applicants must submit scores to three original compositions.
  • Instrumental Conducting and Choral Conducting applicants must submit a video recording of the applicant conducting two contrasting pieces. Performance footage is preferred, but rehearsal footage will be accepted. Select applicants may be invited to an on-campus audition.

Requirements for the Master of Music Degree

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School the following must be met:

  • All candidates pursuing the Master of Music (except for Music Education) are required to take a diagnostic exam (entrance exam) for aural and written music theory and music history prior to the beginning of their first semester of study.  These exams are scheduled the week before classes begin in the fall semester. Any student diagnosed with deficiencies will be required to register for remedial courses.
  • Candidates needing to augment their piano skills will be required to take additional piano study.
  • Candidates are required to take comprehensive written examinations followed by an oral examination after the completion of coursework.
  • All candidates must participate in at least one ensemble per semester throughout their residence unless pursuing a concentration in Composition, Music Theory, Music History, or Music Education.
  • Candidates for the Master of Music in Music History are expected to have or acquire reading and writing proficiency in the foreign language corresponding to their field of research.

Quick Facts

Degree Conferred

  • Master of Music - M.M. (MUSC)

Graduate Certificates

  • Advanced Performance
  • Certificate in Music Education for Special Needs Students (online)

Areas of Concentration for the Master of Music

  • Performance
  • Collaborative Piano
  • Composition
  • Music Theory
  • Music History
  • Instrumental and Choral Conducting
  • Music Education

Graduate Advisor

Graduate Course Catalog  

Go to the catalog of studies for complete information about requirements for the M.M. degree.