School of Music Graduate Application Requirements

The School of Music offers dynamic graduate programs with world-class faculty, located in a city renowned for its commitment to great music. All accepted students (International or American) are considered for merit-based scholarships. Scholarships range from one-quarter to full-tuition grants.

Accepted graduate students can also apply to the Arts Administration Certificate program for January admission. More information here. 

International Students:

International applicants are expected to follow the same application procedures and deadlines below; however, international applicants may need to submit some additional items not required of domestic applicants. Please follow the instructions on our International Applicants page.

Deadline Reminders:
  • Pre-screening Recorded Media Submissions: December 1
  • Graduate Application: December 1
  • Schedule your Audition (For programs without pre-screening): schedule by January 2
  • Supplemental Materials (Test scores, Letters of Recommendation, Unofficial transcripts): January 2
  • Graduate Final Recorded Audition Media: January 2
Application requirements by major


Application Checklist

All documents should be uploaded through the application. (The only exception is graduate Composition portfolios, which should be uploaded through the online portal Acceptd.)

• Completed application for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts.

• Non-refundable application fee of $95.

• Upload transcripts from all colleges and universities to your application. Please do not send transcripts to us.

• Two (2) letters of recommendation from music professionals/educators submitted online using supplied Letter of Recommendation Form.

• Personal statement uploaded in the application indicating the applicant’s purpose in pursuing graduate work, including career objectives.

• Current résumé uploaded in the application.

• A prescreening portfolio must be submitted online by December 1

• Applicants who pass the prescreening must complete an interview with members of our Composition and Theory faculty.

• International applicants: please click here for special requirements.

• A performance audition is not required for admission to graduate programs in composition.

Application Deadline: December 1.

Questions? Email us or call 617-353-3341.



Application Checklist

• Completed application for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts.

• Non-refundable application fee of $95.

• Two (2) letters of recommendation from music professionals/educators. These may be submitted online using supplied Letter of Recommendation Form.

Upload transcripts from all colleges and universities to your application. Please do not send transcripts to us.

• Personal statement uploaded in the application indicating the applicant’s purpose in pursuing graduate work, career objectives, and particular interest in BU.

• Current résumé uploaded in the application.

• Complete repertoire list uploaded in the application.

• A prescreening video recording must be submitted through our online portal Acceptd by December 1

• An audition following the audition repertoire guidelines for conducting.

• International applicants please click here for special requirements.

Application Deadline: December 1

Questions? Email us or call 617-353-3341.



MM Application Checklist

• Completed application for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts.

• Non-refundable application fee of $95.

• Two (2) current letters of reference from immediate supervisors, music teachers, mentors, and/or undergraduate faculty addressing your leadership abilities in music education and potential for success in graduate studies.

Upload transcripts from all colleges and universities to your application. Please do not send transcripts to us.

• Personal statement uploaded in the application indicating the applicant’s purpose in pursuing graduate work, career objectives, and particular interest in BU.

• Current résumé uploaded in the application.

• An example of scholarly writing, such as a research paper used for undergraduate work or a published article should be uploaded in the application.

• International applicants please click here for English proficiency requirements.

• Audition is not required. Enrolled students in Music Education who wish to take lessons, must audition when they arrive in September.

Application Deadline: December 1

For questions regarding admissions and application requirements, please contact the School of Music Admissions office at visitSOM@bu.edu or 617-353-3341. If you have questions regarding any other aspect of our Music Education program, please contact the Music Education Department at musiced@bu.edu or 617-353-6888.

Applications for the online program are accepted five times per year. Please visit the Online Programs page for specific application deadlines.

DMA Application Checklist

Applicants must possess bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from accredited institutions as well as professional experience including:

• At least 3 years of music teaching experience at the primary, secondary, or university level.

• Leadership through such venues as curriculum design, mentoring new teachers, serving on executive boards of professional organizations, and publishing articles.

Applicants must submit:

• Completed application for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts.

• Non-refundable application fee of $95.

• Two (2) current recommendations from immediate supervisors, music teachers, mentors, and/or undergraduate or graduate faculty addressing your leadership abilities in music education and potential for success in a doctoral program.

• Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Curriculum vitae.

• Personal statement (1–2 pages) describing your purpose in pursuing graduate work, career objectives, and particular interest in BU.

• Statement of Research Interest: From your perspective as an emerging scholar, please articulate in 400–500 words a problem, issue, or phenomenon in music education that you might wish to research as part of your doctoral studies.

• Response Statement to one of the topics below (500–750 words):

  1. The publication of the National Standards has led to an improvement in music education in the United States.
  2. Technological developments over the past 10 years or so hold the potential to revolutionize music education.
  3. The multicultural music education movement has outlived its relevance and usefulness.

• International applicants please click here for additional requirements.

Competitive applicants will be invited to interview with at least two department faculty members. Although on-campus interviews are recommended, video conference interviews are possible.

Please note that applied lessons are not required as part of the DMA degree program in Music Education and no audition is required for admission. However, any student who wishes to elect applied study must audition and be admitted to a faculty studio.

Application Deadline for on-campus programs: December 1

Please visit the Online Programs page for specific application deadlines if interested in digital learning.

Questions? Email us or call 617-353-3341


Application Checklist

• Completed application for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts.

• Non-refundable application fee of $95.

• Two (2) letters of recommendation from music professionals/educators. These should be submitted online using supplied Letter of Recommendation Form.

Upload transcripts from all colleges and universities to your application. Please do not send transcripts to us.

• Personal statement uploaded in the application indicating the applicant’s purpose in pursuing graduate work, career objectives, and particular interest in BU.

• Current résumé uploaded in the application.

• An analytical paper that was submitted as part of undergraduate degree work should be uploaded in the application.

• At least one example of tonal composition such as a fugue, short sonata movement, or other academic composition should be uploaded in the application.

• International applicants please click here for special requirements.

• No audition is required.

Application Deadline: December 1

Questions? Email us or call 617-353-3341


Application Checklist

• Completed application for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts.

• Non-refundable application fee of $95.

• Two (2) letters of recommendation from music professionals/educators, one of whom must teach music history submitted through the online application.

Upload transcripts from all colleges and universities to your application. Please do not send transcripts to us.

• Personal statement uploaded in the application indicating the applicant’s purpose in pursuing graduate work, career objectives, and particular interest in BU.

• Current résumé uploaded in the application.

• An example of a term paper in music history from undergraduate work or a paper prepared on a musical topic should be uploaded in the application.

• GRE score (Boston University code: 3087).

• International applicants please click here for special requirements.

• No audition is required.

Application Deadline: December 1

Questions? Email us or call 617-353-3341


Application Checklist

• Completed application for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts.

• Non-refundable application fee of $95.

• Three (3) academic letters of recommendation submitted through the online application.

Upload transcripts from all colleges and universities to your application. Please do not send transcripts to us.

• Personal statement uploaded in the application indicating the applicant’s purpose in pursuing graduate work, career objectives, and particular interest in BU.

Curriculum vitae.

• A research paper should be uploaded in the application.

• GRE score (Boston University code: 3087).

• International applicants please click here for special requirements.

• No audition is required.

Application Deadline: December 1

Questions? Email us or call 617-353-3341


Application Checklist

• Completed application for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts.

• Non-refundable application fee of $95.

• Two (2) letters of recommendation from music professionals/educators. These may be submitted online using supplied Letter of Recommendation Form within the application.

Upload transcripts from all colleges and universities to your application. Please do not send transcripts to us.

• Personal statement uploaded in the application indicating the applicant’s purpose in pursuing graduate work, career objectives, and particular interest in BU.

• Current résumé uploaded in the application.

• A prescreening video recording must be submitted through our online portal Acceptd by December 1. (required of all Cello, Flute, Trumpet, Violin, Voice, and Piano applicants).

• An audition following the audition repertoire guidelines for the appropriate instrument. Auditions must be scheduled or final recorded audition submitted through our online portal Acceptd.

• International applicants please click here for special requirements.

Application Deadline: December 1

Questions? Email us or call 617-353-3341


The Performance Diploma is a non-degree program for the specialized training of performers of orchestral instruments, piano, and voice who seek to continue their musical studies with emphasis on private instruction, musicianship skills, solo performance, and participation in chamber music and large ensembles.

Students are required to spend two years in residence to pursue private instruction (four semesters), participate in chamber music and large ensembles (four semesters each), and choose music electives relevant to their performance field. Performance Diploma students perform a minimum of two recitals, or the equivalent, while in residence.
Program Gainful Employment Disclosure

Application Checklist

• Completed application for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts.

• Non-refundable application fee of $95.

• Two (2) letters of recommendation from music professionals/educators. These must be submitted online using supplied Letter of Recommendation Form.

Upload transcripts from all colleges and universities to your application. Please do not send transcripts to us.

• Personal statement uploaded in the application indicating the applicant’s purpose in pursuing graduate work, career objectives, and particular interest in BU.

• Current résumé uploaded in the application.

• A prescreening video recording must be submitted through our online portal Acceptd by December 1. (required of all Cello, Flute, Trumpet, Violin, Voice, and Piano applicants).

• An audition following the audition repertoire guidelines for the appropriate instrument. Auditions must be scheduled or final recorded audition submitted through our online portal Acceptd.

• International applicants please click here for special requirements.

Application Deadline: December 1

Questions? Email us or call 617-353-3341


The Artist Diploma is a non-degree program for the specialized training of unusually accomplished performers. The program focuses on the practical aspects of musical training: private instruction, musicianship skills, performance, and participation in ensembles.

All Artist Diploma students receive full tuition scholarships to support their studies in the program.

Program Gainful Employment Disclosure

Application Checklist

• Completed application for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts.

• Non-refundable application fee of $95.

• Two (2) letters of recommendation from music professionals/educators. These may be submitted online using supplied Letter of Recommendation Form, or by mail as an official letter from the recommender in a sealed envelope.

Upload transcripts from all colleges and universities to your application. Please do not send transcripts to us.

• Personal statement uploaded in the application indicating the applicant’s purpose in pursuing graduate work, career objectives, and particular interest in BU.

• Current résumé uploaded in the application.

• Complete repertoire list uploaded in the application.

• A prescreening recording must be submitted through our online portal Acceptd by December 1. Selected applicants will be invited to audition in Boston, and those invited must bring their own accompanist to the audition.

• An audition following the audition repertoire guidelines for the appropriate instrument. Please note that chamber music repertoire is not acceptable for Artist Diploma auditions, and that applicants who pass prescreening are required to bring their own accompanist.

• International applicants please click here for special requirements.

Application Deadline: December 1

Questions? Email us or call 617-353-3341.


Application Checklist

• Completed application for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts.

• Non-refundable application fee of $95.

Upload transcripts from all colleges and universities to your application. Please do not send transcripts to us.

• Personal statement uploaded in the application that describes how you will benefit from two years as a member of the BU Opera Institute.

• Two (2) letters of recommendation from music professionals/educators. These should be submitted online using supplied Letter of Recommendation Form.

• Artistic résumé uploaded with the prescreening video.

• Headshot uploaded with the prescreening video.

• A prescreening recording must be submitted through our online portal Acceptd by November 1 (NYC Audition) or December 1 (Boston Audition). Selected applicants will be invited to audition in either NYC or Boston.

• Those invited will require an audition following the audition repertoire guidelines. A staff pianist will accompany those auditioning in Boston. Those invited to the NYC audition must bring their own accompanist.

Application Deadline: December 1

Questions? Email us or call 617-353-3341

 

Directions

Please also note that the Opera Institute is located at 808 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, two blocks from the College of Fine Arts building. 808 is on the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Essex Street. Though there are three doors into the gallery on the first floor, you cannot get to the Opera Institute from the gallery. Proceed to the EAST ENTRANCE on ESSEX STREET. Follow the signs for the Opera Institute to FLOOR 2M, SUITE 204.