Music

MA, PhD Application Information

Steps TO APPLY

Step 1: Review Deadlines

Application deadlines vary across departments, programs, and applicant type.

Step 2: Submit University Application

Mason Gross School of the Arts applicants must first submit a Rutgers University application.

Step 3: Submit Mason Gross Supplemental Application

All Mason Gross School of the Arts applicants are required to submit a talent assessment. Talent assessment requirements vary across departments and programs. Applications are considered incomplete without the required talent assessment.

Deadlines

Composition

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

Music Theory

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

Musicology

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

Rutgers University Application

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)
    • All international applicants to Mason Gross School of the Arts are required to submit an English proficiency exam. Applicants who completed an undergraduate degree in the U.S. or another English-speaking country are exempt from this requirement. Applicants who completed a graduate degree(s) in the U.S. or another English-speaking country are not exempt from this requirement.
  • 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

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

  • $55 submission fee
  • Music questionnaire
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume/CV
  • Supporting materials (as listed below)

Composition

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. In addition, applicants should submit one article-length sample of scholarly writing which demonstrates their potential to conduct graduate-level research (for example, a term paper from a theory or musicology seminar). On the supplemental application, applicants will select a preferred interview date either Saturday, February 5 or Saturday, February 19. Finalists will be notified of their interview date and time by January 15.

Music Theory

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

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

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