How to Apply

The Music Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts offers Bachelor of Music (BM), Master of Music (MM), Artist Diplomas (AD), and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degrees. We offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and minor in Music through the School of Arts and Sciences. We also offer a minor in Music Technology to students enrolled in Mason Gross School of the Arts or the School of Environmental Sciences, and a Recording Arts Certificate to any Rutgers student. To learn more about each program, click here

To apply to any of the degrees, applicants must first complete the Rutgers University online application. Five business days after submitting the university application, applicants will be emailed an invitation to complete the Mason Gross supplemental application, where auditions are scheduled. To review audition dates, click here

To review the application requirements for each program, please see below.

Undergraduate Applicants

  • First Year Applicants (click here to expand)

    Bachelor of Music with concentrations in Classical Performance, Composition, Jazz Studies, and Music Education.
    •  Rutgers Undergraduate Application - priority deadline December 1st, 2017
    •  $70 Rutgers application fee
    •  Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) - fur current high school seniors
    •  Official High School transcript - for applicants who graduate high school prior to application deadline
    •  GED results- for applicants who earned a GED
    •  SAT or ACT scores - use school code 2765 for the SAT and 2592 for the ACT
    •  English Proficiency exam results - if required
    •  Mason Gross Supplemental Application-emailed to applicants after submitting the university application- due January 5th, 2018
    •  Schedule and complete your audition
    File FASFA by December 1 (domestic students only) - although not required, we strongly encourage all students to file a FASFA by the priority transfer deadline of December 1

    Applicants applying to the Bachelor of Music in Music Education will be scheduled for a short interview with Music Education faculty on the day of their primary audition.

    Applicants applying to the Bachelor of Music in Composition are required to submit a composition portfolio as well as complete a short interview on the day of their audition.

    Those applying to the BA Music degree through the School of Arts and Sciences are not required to audition. To pursue the BA Music degree applicants must first be admitted to the School of Arts and Sciences by completing the Rutgers Undergraduate Application. Mason Gross ensembles are open by audition to any Rutgers student. For more information about the placement audition requirements, click here.

  • Transfer Applicants (click here to expand)

    Bachelor of Music with concentrations in Classical Performance, Composition, Jazz Studies, and Music Education.
    •  Rutgers Undergraduate Application -recommended by December 1st, 2017
    •  $70 Rutgers application fee
    •  Official College Transcript(s)
    •  Official High School Transcript
    •  GED results- for applicants who earned a GED
    •  SAT or ACT scores - use school code 2765 for the SAT and 2592 for the ACT (for transfer applicants who graduate high school in 2015 or later)
    •  English Proficiency Test results - if required
    •  Mason Gross Supplemental Application-emailed to applicants AFTER submitting the university application- due January 5th 2018
    •  Schedule and complete your audition
    File FASFA by February 1 (domestic students only) - although not required, we strongly encourage all students to file a FASFA by the priority deadline of February 1

    Applicants applying to the Bachelor of Music in Music Education will be scheduled for a short interview with Music Education faculty on the day of their primary audition.

    Applicants applying to the Bachelor of Music in Composition are required to submit a composition portfolio as well as complete a short interview on the day of their audition.

    Those applying to the BA Music degree through the School of Arts and Sciences are not required to audition. To pursue the BA Music degree applicants must first be admitted to the School of Arts and Sciences by completing the Rutgers Undergraduate Application Mason Gross ensembles are open by audition to any Rutgers student. For more information about the placement audition requirements, click here

  • Current or Former Rutgers Students (click here to expand)

    Applicants applying to the Bachelor of Music (BM) program who are currently or were formerly a Rutgers University student (at any undergraduate school), should follow the checklist below:
    •  Email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu to be sent the Mason Gross supplemental application invite by December 1, 2017 for a Fall 2018 start
    •  Schedule and complete your audition
    •  Complete the School to School Transfer application - for students currently enrolled at a school within Rutgers University
    •  Complete the Re-Enrollment application - for students formerly enrolled at a school within Rutgers University
     

    Note: The School to School Transfer application and the Re-Enrollment application will not be available until February 1st. If you wait to complete the university application, you may miss the available auditions. Therefore, please email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu to start the supplemental application during the Fall semester.

    Current students interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Music, music minor, minor in music technology, or certificate in recording arts should contact Undergraduate Advisor, Ellen Leibowitz.

    Applicants applying to transfer or return from a leave of absence to any of our Graduate programs should review the University policies found here.

Graduate Applicants

  • Master of Music (MM) (click here to expand)

    Master of Music offered in Classical Performance, Conducting, Jazz Studies, and Music Education.
    •  Rutgers Graduate Application -due December 1st, 2017 for prescreening applicants (Voice, Solo Classical Piano, Opera, Conducting) or February 1st, 2018 for non-prescreening applicants
    •  Prescreening Materials (Voice, Solo Classical Piano, Opera, Conducting)- due December 15, 2017
    •  Official Transcripts
    •  3 Letters of Recommendation
    •  English Language Proficiency - if required
    •  Writing sample or Portfolio**
    •  Mason Gross supplemental application - emailed to applicants after submitting the university application -due by December 15, 2017 for prescreening applicants, due by January 5, 2018 for non-prescreened applicants
    •  Schedule and complete your audition
     

    Applicants applying to the MM in Music Education are required to submit a scholarly writing sample as part of the Rutgers University application. 

    International applicants applying to any of our MM programs, will be scheduled to complete an on-site writing sample on the day of their audition/interview.

  • Master of Arts (MA) (click here to expand)

    Master of Arts offered in Composition, Musicology, and Music Theory.
    •  Rutgers Graduate Application -due December 1st, 2017 for Composition or January 1st, 2018 for Musicology and Theory
    •  Prescreening Materials (Composition only)- due December 15, 2017
    •  Official Transcripts
    •  3 Letters of Recommendation
    •  English Language Proficiency - if required
    •  Writing sample or Portfolio**
    •  GRE General (GRE subject in Music is optional)
    •  Mason Gross supplemental application - emailed to applicants after submitting the university application- due December 15, 2017 for Composition or January 5, 2018 for Musicology and Theory
    •  Interview (by invitation for Composition applicants, required for all Musicology and Music Theory applicants
     

    Note: The link to submit prescreening materials will be available through the Mason Gross supplemental application.

  • Artist Diploma (AD) (click here to expand)

    Artist Diploma offered in classical Performance only.
    •  Rutgers Graduate Application -due December 1st, 2017 for prescreening applicants (Voice, Piano, Opera, Conducting) or February 1st, 2018 for non-prescreening applicants
    •  Prescreening Materials (Voice, Piano, Opera)due December 15, 2017
    •  Official Transcripts
    •  3 Letters of Recommendation
    •  English Language Proficiency - if required
    •  Mason Gross supplemental application - emailed to applicants after submitting the university application -due by December 15, 2017 for prescreening applicants
    •  Schedule and complete your audition
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) (click here to expand)

    Doctor of Musical Arts offered in Classical Performance, Conducting, and Music Education.
    •  Rutgers Graduate Application -due December 1st, 2017 for prescreening applicants (Voice, Piano, Opera, Conducting) or February 1st, 2018 for non-prescreening applicants
    •  Prescreening Materials (Voice, Piano, Opera, Conducting)- due December 15, 2017
    •  Official Transcripts
    •  3 Letters of Recommendation
    •  Writing sample or Portfolio**
    •  Mason Gross supplemental application - emailed to applicants after submitting the university application -due by December 15, 2017 for prescreening applicants
    •  Schedule and complete your audition
     

    Applicants applying to the DMA in Music Education are required to submit scholarly writing samples as part of the Rutgers University application.

    All applicants applying to a DMA program, will be scheduled to complete and on-site writing exam on the day of their audition/interview.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (click here to expand)

    PhD offered in Composition, Musicology, and Music Theory.
    •  Rutgers Graduate Application -due December 1st, 2017 for Composition or January 1st, 2018 for Musicology and Theory
    •  Prescreening Materials (Composition only)- due December 15, 2017
    •  Official Transcripts
    •  3 Letters of Recommendation
    •  English Language Proficiency - if required
    •  Writing sample or Portfolio**
    •  GRE General (GRE subject in Music is optional)
    •  Mason Gross supplemental application - emailed to applicants after submitting the university application- due December 15, 2017 for Composition or January 5, 2018 for Musicology and Theory
    •  Interview (by invitation for Compositioin applicants, required for all Musicology and Music Theory applicants
     

    Note: The link to submit prescreening materials will be available through the Mason Gross supplemental application.