DEADLINE: DECEMBER 15

Applicants will need to submit an online application, found here, and upload any supplemental materials required for their intended area of study as part of the application. In addition, applicants will need to take the School of Music’s Graduate Entrance Exam. Lastly, many specializations require an audition before admission. Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the school’s graduate programs. Complete admissions information may be found below.

Entry Dates & Deadlines

Students may enter the music graduate programs only during fall semester. An exception is made for those in the MM and MA programs with a specialization in music education, who enter only during the summer term but who specify fall entry on the application.

The deadline for submission of all application materials is December 15. Failure to submit all required materials by the deadline may prevent review of the application. Students are urged to apply for admission as early as possible. All applicants are considered for financial awards and assistantships without additional application.

Application Timeline

15 December Online application, with all supplementary material, due.
15 January 
Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance applicants invited to Graduate Audition Day.*
Second Friday and Saturday in February Graduate Audition Days; Graduate Entrance Exam must be completed by this time.
Mid-March  Applicant file evaluations by committee complete, on-time applicants will receive admission notification.
Mid-April 
Areas notify Applicants of scholarship offers.
1 May –
Admitted Applicants have officially indicated BYU enrollment decision.
*Instrumental conducting applicants arrange audition directly with Dr. Don Peterson.

Online Application Requirements

A student interested in pursuing any of the graduate programs in the School of Music should apply online through BYU’s Graduate Studies website. A complete application will include:

  • Indicate your desired area of study and desired advisor
  • Upload a statement of intent, indicating your desired program goals and anticipated graduation date
  • Upload any required supplemental application materials for your desired specialization (this may include links to uploaded performances, essays, etc.) in the department documents section of the application.
  • Request three letters of recommendation
  • Upload scanned transcripts for each school attended and provide your cumulative GPA. International degrees must upload a scanned copy of their completed IERF credential evaluation report. More information here.
  • Obtain an ecclesiastical endorsement. Start the process at endorse.byu.edu
  • Meet minimum English Proficiency requirements. Click here for exemptions and minimum test scores
  • Pay non-refundable $50 application fee

Graduate Entrance Exam

Required of all applicants to the School of Music to complete the application. Click here for more information on the exam. The exam should be completed by the last Graduate Audition Day.

Supplemental Application Materials &
Audition Requirements

Each applicant must send specific materials relating to the applicant’s intended specialization. Also, the Cello, Piano, String, and Vocal Performance programs all have more specific audition requirements.

Click here for more details about supplemental application materials and required audition repertoire.

International Students

In addition to the Application for Admission, international students must also submit the following:

  1. A Contract of Support
  2. An official English translation of a degree certificate equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree along with a Credential Evaluation (for degrees obtained outside of the United States)
  3. Proof of English proficiency (when English is not the native language)

These items provide the university with certification that the applicant has adequate financial support to complete a graduate program, if accepted, and information about the student’s English language ability.

English Proficiency

The student must complete at least one of the following listed exams.

  • TOEFL (computer-based): A minimum score of 237 is required.
  • TOEFL iBT: A minimum score of 85 is required (with at least 22 in Speaking and at least 21 in Listening, Reading, and Writing).
  • IELTS: The School of Music’s requirements for the IELTS test exceed those of the university. The School of Music requires a composite band score of at least 7.0 and subscores of at least 6.5 in all four areas of Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Reading.

Evaluation of Applicants

Faculty will make their decisions by mid-March. You will be notified of your admission status soon after  this date. The student’s application and supporting material are reviewed by the faculty of the student’s area of specialization and the Graduate Coordinator. The applicant is then either recommended to the Office of Graduate Studies as acceptable for admission to regular or provisional degree-seeking status or as unacceptable for admission. If the applicant is approved for admission, notification is sent from the Office of Graduate Studies. Each student is initially assigned an advisor from the School of Music Graduate Studies Council. If you have questions regarding scholarships or teaching assistantships, contact your advisor following admission.

Tuition, Fees & Funding

Consult the BYU Graduate Studies pages for information regarding graduate tuition and university-level funding. For information regarding private lesson fees, please consult the School of Music.

The School of Music offers four types of graduate awards to both new and continuing students: assistantships, internships, performance awards, and scholarships. Please see your advisor for details. A student receiving a graduate assistantship may be expected to attend orientation meetings held during the latter part of the week preceding the start of fall semester.

Provisional Status

All provisions placed on a student’s admission to the program must be fulfilled and removed by the end of the second semester of enrollment or continuance in the graduate program will be terminated.

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