How to Apply

                                       

The Mason Gross School of the Arts Music Department offers degrees in the these areas:

Composition (BM, MA, PhD)
Conducting (MM, DMA)
Jazz Studies (BM, MM)
Music Education (BM, MM, DMA)
Musicology (MA, PhD)
Music Theory (MA, PhD)
Opera (MM, AD)
Performance (BM, MM, AD, DMA)
Bachelor of Arts in Music (The BA with a major in music is available through the School of Arts and Sciences. Students enrolled in SAS must also complete the SAS Core and a minor. Students enrolled in the School of Business, the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and the School of Engineering may complete the major in music in addition to the major in their school of enrollment.)
 
As well as certificate programs and minors, in these areas:
 

To apply to the BM, MM, DMA, AD, MA or PhD, applicants must complete two applications. The first application is the Rutgers University Undergraduate Application or the Rutgers University Graduate Application. Five business days after submitting the Rutgers University application, applicants are emailed the Mason Gross supplemental application where applicants can submit additional music specific requirements and schedule an audition (if required). Audition dates can be found here. Audition repertoire can be found here.

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

Undergraduate Applicants

  • First Year Applicants (click to expand)

    Bachelor of Music with concentrations in Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Education and Performance.
    Rutgers Undergraduate Application-priority deadline December 1st, 2019
    •$70 Rutgers application fee
    Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR)-for 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- priority deadline January 15th, 2020- emailed to applicants 5 business days after submitting the university application. The supplemental application requires applicants to pay an additional $75 music audition fee
    •Schedule and complete your audition
    •File FAFSA by December 1 (domestic students only)-although not required, we strongly encourage all students to file a FAFSA by the priority deadline of December 1st.
     
    In addition to an instrumental or vocal audition, 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 who wish to double concentrate in both Jazz studies and music education must complete an audition on both a jazz and classical instrument.
     
    In addition to an instrumental or vocal audition, applicants applying to the Bachelor of Music in Composition are required to submit a composition portfolio with the supplemental application. On the day of the audition, composition applicants complete a short interview with composition faculty.
     
    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 to expand)

    Bachelor of Music with concentrations in Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Education and Performance.
    Rutgers Undergraduate Application-recommended by December 1st, 2019 to ensure your first choice audition date, however, we will accept applications until February 1st, 2020
    •$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 2017 or later)
    English Proficiency exam results- if required
    •Mason Gross Supplemental Application- priority deadline January 15th, 2020- emailed to applicants 5 business days after submitting the university application. The supplemental application requires applicants to pay an additional $75 music audition fee
    •Schedule and complete your audition
    •File FAFSA by February 1 (domestic students only)-although not required, we strongly encourage all students to file a FAFSA by the priority deadline of February 1st.
     
    In addition to an instrumental or vocal audition, 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 who wish to double concentrate in both Jazz studies and music education must complete an audition on both a jazz and classical instrument.
     
    In addition to an instrumental or vocal audition, applicants applying to the Bachelor of Music in Composition are required to submit a composition portfolio with the supplemental application. On the day of the audition, composition applicants complete a short interview with composition faculty.
     
    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 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 email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu by January 1, 2020 for a Fall 2020 start. The email should include the following:
    •Full Name
    •Current (or former) Rutgers school enrolled
    •Year
    •RUID
    •Mason Gross program you are interested in
     
    Upon receiving your email, the Mason Gross admissions office will respond with a link and instructions on how to submit the supplemental application and audition. For more information on the school to school or re-enrollment process, visit here.
     
    All Bachelor of Music applicants are required to complete a vocal or instrumental audition for admission. BM Composition applicants are also required to submit a composition portfolio with the supplemental application and complete an interview with composition faculty on the day of their audition. BM Music Education applicants will be scheduled for an interview with music education faculty on the day of their primary audition. Applicants who wish to double concentrate in both Jazz studies and Music Education must complete an audition on both a jazz and classical instrument.
     

    Current  Rutgers Students interested in the BA in music, minor in music, minor in music technology, or certificate in recording arts should contact Advisor of Undergraduate Studies: Ms. Ellen Leibowitz at ellenlei@mgsa.rutgers.edu

 

Graduate Applicants

  • Master of Arts (MA) & Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (click to expand)

    MA and PhD Application Requirements:
    •$70 University application fee
    •Official Transcripts
    •Resume
    •Personal Statement
    •3 Letters of Recommendation
    •GRE exam scores - optional
    •Mason Gross supplemental application-emailed to applicants five business days after submitting the university application. The supplemental application requires applicants to pay an additional non-refundable $75 music talent assessment fee.
    •Audition/Interview
    •Program specific requirements listed below
     
    Composition
    December 1: Rutgers University Application
    December 15: Mason Gross supplemental application and composition portfolios
    January 15: Supporting materials (letters of recommendation, transcripts, TOEFL, etc.)
    January 15: Applicants invited to interview will be contacted by mid-January
     
    Composition Portfolio: 3-5 original compositions (no arrangements) including written scores along with either live or high-quality MIDI recordings. The compositions should reflect the full range of the applicant's work.
     
    Music Theory
    December 15: Rutgers University Application
    January 15: Supporting materials (letters of recommendation, transcripts, TOEFL, etc.)
    January 15: Mason Gross supplemental application- should include analytical papers or graphs. Sample works of modal tonal compositions are welcome. Music Theory faculty will contact applicants directly to schedule an interview.
     
    Musicology
    December 15: Rutgers University Application
    January 15: Supporting materials (letters of recommendation, transcripts, TOEFL, etc.)
    January 15: Mason Gross supplemental application- should include research papers. Musicology faculty will contact applicants directly to schedule an interview.
  • Master of Music (MM), Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), and Artist Diploma (AD) (click to expand)

    Timeline for Prescreened Programs (voice, opera, classical piano, conducting)
    December 1: University Application
    December 15: Mason Gross supplemental application and prescreening materials
    January 15: Supporting materials- letters of recommendation, transcripts, TOEFL, etc. (see below)
     
    Timeline for Non-Prescreened Programs (brass, strings, woodwinds, percussion, organ, jazz, music education)
     
    *We will continue to accept applications until one week before our audition dates*
    December 15: University Application
    January 15: Mason Gross supplemental application and supporting materials- letters of recommendation, TOEFL, transcripts, etc. (see below)
     
    Application Requirements
    •$70 Application fee
    •Official Transcripts
    •Resume
    •Personal Statement
    •3 Letters of Recommendation
    •Mason Gross supplemental application-emailed to applicants five business days after submitting the university application. The supplemental application requires applicants to pay an additional non-refundable $75 music talent assessment fee.
    •Audition/Interview
     
    Note: Applicants applying to the Music Education program are required to submit scholarly writing samples as part of the Rutgers University application.
     
    Note: All applicants applying to a DMA program and international MM applicants, will be scheduled to complete an on-site writing exam on the day of their audition/interview.
     
    Note: All international applicants are required to submit a TOEFL taken within the past two years. The only exception to this policy is made for applicants who completed their undergraduate degree in the US or another English-speaking country. Applicants who have or will have completed a Masters degree in the US must still submit a TOEFL exam.