School of Music International Admissions

Thank you for your interest in applying to BU, one of the top-ranked universities in the world, located in the artistic and multi-cultural city of Boston! At BU School of Music, we welcome international students from around the globe to apply to our graduate program offerings.

International applicants are expected to follow the same application procedures and deadlines as domestic applicants. Visit our School of Music Graduate Admissions page for application requirements by major, deadlines, and more!

In addition, graduate applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate sufficient English language skills to succeed in our programs. Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores must be received by January 7th. Be sure to take the tests early enough so that scores reach Boston University by the deadline. A photocopy or scan of your score may be uploaded to your electronic application for purposes of review, but an official score from the testing agency is required for admission.

Visit our English Proficiency Requirements page for testing requirements by program. For any questions, contact the School of Music Admissions office at or call 617-353-3341.

English Proficiency Requirements

School of Music Graduate Admissions

Get started on your CFA Graduate Application and review the application requirements by major. Graduate applications are due December 1.

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Audition Repertoire and Portfolio Requirements

Applying for a performance-based graduate or professional program? In addition to completing your application, an audition is also required!

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Resources for International Students

Moving away from home, especially to a different country, can feel quite overwhelming. But at BU, our International Students & Scholars Office provides a sense of community, on-campus resources, and more to support your academic and campus life experience as an international student.

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