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Music Program in American Language Studies (Certificate)

 
 

About the Certificate Program

The Mason Gross School of the Arts Music Performance and American Language Studies Program (MPALSis designed to aid international students in achieving the level of English proficiency required to be successful in the rigorous music degree programs offered at Rutgers University and the Mason Gross School of the Arts. 

The ideal candidates for this program will possess some basic knowledge of the English language to use as a foundation for refining their speaking, reading, writing and listening skills.

Enrolled MPALS students study music with members of the Mason Gross faculty while improving their English language skills with the Rutgers University Program in American Language Studies (PALS).  The mission of the MPALS Program is to help non-native English speaking students become fluent in the English language while also serving as a resource for acclimating students to the culture of an American university and academic expectations all associated with studying Music and obtaining a degree.  Once a student completes the program they will be prepared to succeed in a Music degree program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts and poised to start their career as a musician anywhere they choose.

The Music Performance and American Language Studies Program (MPALS) is a program that combines:

  • Private music lessons with Mason Gross faculty members
  • Ensemble participation with Mason Gross Orchestras, Choirs, Opera and Wind Ensembles.
  • Intensive English language study—speaking and listening, grammar, reading, and academic writing through The Program in American Language Studies at Rutgers University.
  • Reinforcement of English language studies in a Techniques of Music course and performance seminars
  • Flexible duration (one to four academic terms, that is approximately three months to two years) depending on a student’s level of proficiency in English
  • F1 student visa eligibility based on full-time student status.

MPALS students are eligible to live in university housing and have access to many of the other services and academic resources of Rutgers University, including health services, an email account, practice rooms, library and computing services, tutoring, and free admission to concerts, recitals, and other university events.  

ESL Test Score Requirements

Regardless of US residency status, an English proficiency examination is required of all students whose secondary schooling has been outside the US in a country where English is not the principal language. Score reports must be from a test taken within the past two years and submitted directly to us from the testing service. Students qualify for this certificate program if their English proficiency scores are below the minimum scores required for degree program admission. The Mason Gross Office of Admission's preferred ESL test is the TOEFL iBT with all four sections. To see the minimum ESL testing scores and admissions requirements for full time enrollments please CLICK HERE.  If an applicant does not achieve the minimum scores noted above but are artistically admissible with a complete university application they will be recommended admission to the MPALS program. For application instructions and admissions requirements to enter the MPALS program please CLICK HERE.

MPALS Program Features and Design

The MPALS program is designed to combine rigorous English training alongside conservatory performance and artistic study. Students have a set of phase requirements they have to complete to satisfy admission requirements to become fully matriculated student as a degree program candidate at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

All MPALS students are required to complete a minimum of one Summer Session (Part 1) and one full semester (Part 2 - two PALS 7 weeks sessions and Mason Gross lessons and Performance) before they are eligible for full matriculation to a degree program at Mason Gross.

In addition to successfully completing Part 1 and Part 2 students must also achieve the minimum TOEFL iBT 79 (Undergraduate) 83 (Graduate MM, MA, DMA and PHD) and 75 (Graduate AD), complete any additional application requirements and gain approval from both the PALS and Mason Gross faculty order to fully matriculate in to a degree program at Mason Gross School of the Arts.

  • PART 1 --- 1 PALS Summer Session

    Students enrolled in the MPALS program will begin as a Full-time PALS student with intensive English study starting in the PALS Summer II Session which runs from the second week in July until the second week in August. During this session, MPALS students will enroll in a Reading and Writing, Discussion and Elective class. If Part I is not completed during the summer session, students will be required to complete it during the first semester of enrollment. 

  • PART 2 --- 2 PALS Sessions plus Music Courses (FULL SEMESTER)

    Two 7 week long PALS Sessions in either the fall or spring semester plus performance, art or filmmaking courses at Mason Gross School of the Arts.

    **PALS classes during PART 2 take priority over artistic courses, lessons and ensembles. Students should meet with the Dean of Students or their artistic advisor at the Mason Gross School of the Arts to resolve any scheduling issues or concerns. Students are not allowed to take it upon themselves to use artistic course conflicts as excuses to change PALS classes or schedules. Failure to attend the required ESL courses will result in dismissal from the M-PALS curriculum.

    Upon successful completion of the PALS Summer II Session M-PALS students will matriculate in to the full M-PALS curriculum.

    During Part 2, students will attend a limited number of artistic courses at Mason Gross while also completing two full 7 week sessions PALS FALL I and FALL II sessions from Early-September until Mid-December. Students will take a minimum of one PALS session of TOEFL boot camp.

    In the Fall I session, coursework for all M-PALS students will be required to enroll in one session (7 weeks) of TOEFL Boot Camp.

    At the end of the Fall I session, M-PALS students that have reached the minimum TOEFL iBT 79 (Undergraduate) 83 (Graduate MM, MA, DMA and PHD) and 75 (Graduate AD) admission score will still be required to continue at M-PALS until the end of the Fall II session. During this period, coursework for students will advance from TOEFL Boot camp to Reading, Writing and Discussion classes along with continuing their participation in music lessons and ensembles in preparation to matriculate into a full-time degree program at Mason Gross.

    Students who have not reached the TOEFL iBT standard of 79 (Undergraduate) 83 (Graduate MM, MA, DMA and PHD) and 75 (Graduate AD) will continue enrollment in TOEFL Boot Camp for the Fall II session (7 weeks) for the remainder of the fall semester along with continuing their participation in music lessons and ensembles.

    Students can take the TOEFL iBT throughout the fall PALS sessions as often as they wish and the test is available. M-PALS student will be individually responsible for paying TOEFL iBT testing fees. PALS will not provide TOEFL iBT exams nor collect fees to arrange exams for students.

    If students fail to achieve the minimum TOEFL requirement to matriculate into a full time degree program for spring semester enrollment, they will be encouraged to repeat Part 2 of the M-PALS curriculum in the Spring semester/PALS SPRING I and SPRING II sessions and retake the TOEFL for Fall consideration to the degree program.

  • Part 3 --- Graduate (MM, MA, DMA, and PhD) students only - OPTIONAL

    Two 7 week long PALS Sessions in either fall or spring semesters plus performance, art or filmmaking courses at Mason Gross School of the Art – all courses are taken for credit towards their degree.

    Students who successfully complete at least one summer session of PALS course work and one semester of M-PALS combined course work (Mason Gross Courses and 2 PALS sessions) and achieve the minimum ESL score required for their chosen degree program will be given the opportunity to start full enrollment and matriculation into a degree program at Mason Gross.

    For Graduate students, satisfactory performance on their writing exam as administered by the department to which they are applying is required to fully matriculate into their graduate degree program placing out of the MPALS bridge semester.

    Graduate students who do not achieve a satisfactory score on their writing exam will be required to complete one Degree Program/PALS bridge semester where the majority of course work is taken at Mason Gross along-side the Academic Reading and Writing courses that are offered through PALS.

    Graduate students participating in the bridge semester will register for 6 credits at Mason Gross (that count toward their degree) and 3 K-credits at PALS. The symbol K preceding course credits indicates that those credits are not earned toward the degree, but the grade is computed in the cumulative grade-point average.

  • PART 4 --- Completion and full-time Degree Program Requirements

    All students enrolled in the MPALS program must complete a minimum of 1 Summer session and 2 semester sessions (1 of which must be TOEFL Boot camp) before they are eligible to matriculate into full-time degree program study at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Students can and should take ESL tests (preferably the TOEFL iBT) throughout their PALS sessions as often as they wish and the test is available. Students are individually responsible for paying all testing fees. PALS will not provide the exams nor collect fees to arrange exams for students.

    It is the mission of PALS and Mason Gross to have students succeed in their course work when enrolled as a full-time degree program candidate at Mason Gross. PALS and Mason Gross faculty will advise students if they believe additional ESL study is necessary to help them achieve their goals.

    Once the required M-PALS sessions are completed students must also demonstrate the following for full time degree program matriculation:

    UNDERGRADUATES (BM and BFA) AND GRADUATE (AD ONLY)

    In order to matriculate from MPALS to full-time degree program study at Mason Gross, all undergraduate students must achieve the minimum degree program requirement scores and submit official test scores no later than December 31 for spring semester matriculation or May 1 for fall semester matriculation. Students submitting scores after these deadlines will automatically default to the next semester for full-time enrollment eligibility. Degree program requirement scores for undergraduate students are:

    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Acceptable TOEFL scores for UNDERGRADUATE enrollment at the Mason Gross School of the Arts are 550+ on the paper and pencil test (PBT) or 79+ on the Internet-based test (iBT). For GRADUATE AD Enrollment: 537+ on the paper and pencil test (PBT) or 75+ the Internet-based test (iBT).  The Rutgers TOEFL code is 2765. Your test score must be submitted directly to us from the testing service.
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE AD: score of 6.5 or higher on either the academic paper and pencil test or the academic computer-based test is acceptable. Your test score must be submitted directly to us from the testing service.
    Michigan English Assessment Battery (MELAB)
    • UNDERGRADUATES ONLY: The minimum acceptable score is 82 for Rutgers University-New Brunswick schools. Your test score must be submitted directly to us from the testing service.
    Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE) 
    •UNDERGRADAUTES ONLY: The minimum acceptable score for the PTE is 53 system-wide. Your test score must be submitted directly to us from the testing service

    GRADUATES (MM, MA, DMA, and PhD)

    In order to matriculate from MPALS to full-time degree program study at Mason Gross, all students must achieve the minimum degree program requirement scores and submit official test scores no later than December 31 for spring semester matriculation or May 1 for fall semester matriculation. Students submitting scores after these deadlines will automatically default to the next semester for full-time enrollment eligibility. Required minimum ESL scores for admission to a Mason Gross Degree program are listed below.

    Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL)
    • INTERNET (iBT): 83 (Graduate MM, MA, DMA and PHD) and 75 (Graduate AD) **students applying to the MM, MA DMA and PHD programs mist earn a minimum of 22 on the writing, 23 on the speaking, 21 on the reading and 17 n the listening portions of the TOEFL iBT exam.
    • PAPER (PBT):**not recommended: 575 (Graduate MM, MA, DMA and PHD) and 537 (Graduate AD)**students applying to the MM, MA DMA and PHD programs must earn a minimum of 5 on the TWE and/or 61 on the Written expression section of the TOEFL PBT exam.
    • COMPUTER (CBT):**not recommended: 233 (Graduate MM, MA, DMA and PHD) and 203 (Graduate AD) **students applying to the MM, MA DMA and PHD programs must earn a minimum of 26 on the structure/writing section of the TOEFL CBT exam.
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • IELTS: 7.0 (Graduate MM, MA, DMA and PHD) and 6.0 (Graduate AD) **students applying to the MM, MA DMA and PHD programs must earn a minimum of 6.5 on the writing portion of the IELTS exam.

    Because of the strong writing and research requirement of these graduate degree programs at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Graduate candidates are also required to complete an in-person writing exam with the department of enrollment. The writing sample exams must be completed no later than two weeks prior to the first day of classes in which they would like to start their enrollment.

    A satisfactory score on this writing exam is required in addition to achieving the minimum ESL score required for degree program admission If graduate MPALS candidates are unable to achieve a satisfactory score on their writing exam they will be required to complete PART 3 as noted above, and retake the writing exam after 2 more semester sessions in the MPALS bridge program. Students will repeat the bridge program until their writing meets the standard of our graduate degree programs.

TUITION AND FEES - Cost of attendance

For a detailed description of the estimated costs for the 2015/2016 academic year at Rutgers for international students enrolled in the MPALS curriculum please CLICK HERE. The actual costs will depend on a number of variables including where you chose to live, meal plan you select, how many Mason Gross credits you register for, the books required for your courses, and any personal expenses. You will find many different scenarios illustrated, as each student's level and speed in which they complete the program may be different. The figures listed are subject to change and students should anticipate these expenses to increase in the future.