Graduate Student Admissions
Step 1: Applications
- First, all applicants must apply to the University of Arkansas Graduate School for admission to the University.
- Second, all applicants must apply to the Department of Music. Students will be contacted to submit additional materials for consideration.
- 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 undergraduate GPA is below 3.0.
Step 2: Music Audition/Interview
- Click here to view the graduate audition requirements.
- Once your application is received, you will be contacted about an audition/interview and connected with faculty members and area coordinators for your field of study.
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 must audition for or submit a DVD of a recorded performance to the appropriate graduate faculty.
- Music Education applicants should have an undergraduate degree in music education, and are expected to have teaching experience. A video of recent classroom teaching experience will be requested.
- Music History and Music Theory applicants should submit a paper representative of their work as well as scores for the Graduate Record Exam.
- Composition applicants are required to submit three of their compositions.
- Instrumental Conducting applicants will be required to 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 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 (preferably German, Italian, or French).
- Master of Music - M.M. (MUSC)
- Advanced Performance
- Certificate in Music Education for Special Needs Students (online)
Areas of Concentration for the Master of Music
- Collaborative Piano
- Music Theory
- Music History
- Instrumental and Choral Conducting
- Music Education
Go to the catalog of studies for complete information about requirements for the M.M. degree.