International Applicants

The Boston University School of Music is a community of passionate, talented musicians located near the center of Boston, a city full of history and academic tradition. A wealth of internationally recognized museums, orchestras, and cultural institutions are easily accessible from campus. As a Boston University student, you will be a member of a rich and diverse community, with students and faculty hailing from over 100 countries.

International Student Data Form

All international applicants must submit an application and required accompanying documents (please see specific program requirements). In addition, students must complete the International Student Data Form. This form is included with the online application. Please note that the International Student Data Form does not take the place of the application for admission. International students must submit both the International Student Data Form and the application for admission.

English Proficiency Requirements – TOEFL & IELTS

The BU College of Fine Arts TOEFL code is 3082Scores are due by the application deadline of December 15.

Master of Music (MM): International applicants must demonstrate English proficiency in one of three ways:

  1. By completing a bachelor’s degree from an institution in which English was the language of instruction before the time of enrollment at BU.
  2. By submitting a TOEFL result with the following minimum section scores:
    • Writing: 22
    • Speaking: 23
    • Reading: 21
    • Listening: 18
  3. By submitting an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher.

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA): International applicants must demonstrate English proficiency in one of three ways:

  1. By completing a bachelor’s degree from an institution in which English was the language of instruction before the time of enrollment at BU.
  2. By submitting a combined TOEFL score of 100 or higher.
  3. By submitting an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher.

Performance Diploma (PD): International applicants must demonstrate English proficiency in one of two ways:

  1. By completing a degree (bachelor’s degree or master’s degree) from an institution in which English was the language of instruction before the time of enrollment at BU.
  2. By submitting a  TOEFL or IELTS result. Please note that while there is no minimum required score for the PD, students should have sufficient English skills to succeed in the program.

Artist Diploma & Opera Institute: Artist Diploma, and Opera Institute applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score, though it is not required.