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Music Admissions

MA, PhD Application Information

Rutgers University Application

Deadline: Fall 2021 deadlines will be posted by September 1, 2020.

All applicants must complete and submit the Rutgers University Application. The university application requires the following:

  • $70 Rutgers application fee
  • University questionnaire
  • English proficiency test scores (international applicants)
  • Request for transcripts (completion of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited university is a required prerequisite)
    • Official transcripts must be sent from the Registrar’s office of the undergraduate institution where the bachelor’s degree was awarded.
      Transcripts can be sent:

      Via Mail:

      Administrative Services Building
      ATTN: Graduate & Professional Admissions
      65 Davidson Road
      Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

      Via Email: E-transcripts@gradadm.rutgers.edu

Mason Gross Supplemental Application

Fall Admission Only

Five business days after submitting the Rutgers University application, applicants will be emailed a link to submit a Mason Gross supplemental application.

  • $75 submission fee
  • Music questionnaire
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume/CV
  • Supporting materials (as listed below)
Composition

Rutgers University application: December 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application and Portfolio: December 15

The supplemental application should include 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. Finalists will be invited to interview on campus and will be notified by January 15.

Music Theory

Rutgers University Application: January 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: January 15

The supplemental application should include analytical papers and/or graphs. Sample works of modal tonal compositions are welcome. Music theory faculty will contact applicants directly to schedule an interview.

Musicology

Rutgers University Application: January 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: January 15

The supplemental application should include research papers. Musicology faculty will contact applicants directly to schedule an interview.

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