School of Music Graduate Admissions

Join our community of talented, committed musicians, artists, performers, and scholars. Our small graduate programs offer personal training of the highest quality within a vibrant university — all in the artistic and creative city of Boston. BU School of Music offers graduate programs in composition, conducting, music education, music theory, musicology & ethnomusicology, and performance. Music education is offered both on-campus and fully online.

Visit the BU CFA Graduate Application website to get started on your application. All materials should be uploaded electronically to the application website.


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 Domestic) are considered for merit-based scholarships. Applicants applying to any graduate program in the College of Fine Arts must have earned (or expect to earn) a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). Review the application checklist for the program you’re interested below and apply by December 1!

IMPORTANT DEADLINES for Fall 2024 Applicants

December 1 Deadline to submit Graduate Application
December 1 Pre-screening recorded media submissions
January 5 Schedule your audition (for programs both with, and without, prescreening)
January 12 Submit supplemental materials (test scores, letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts)
January 12 Submit recorded audition media

Prescreening Video

Some of our programs require a prescreening submission to be invited to a live audition in Boston.

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Audition Repertoire

Be a step ahead by learning what you need to prepare for your audition.

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