Graduate Music Admissions

UNCSA offers Master of Music (M.M.) graduate degrees and Professional Artist Certificates (PAC) with several instruments of study in the School of Music. The application process includes an online application, required application documents, and an audition or interview with faculty. Admission is based on a combination of artistic and academic merits.

Deadlines & Auditions

* Updated 3/4/24: Select concentrations are currently accepting applications. Please email Rosey Walker for more information at

  • Auditions are conducted in-person; 
  • Applicants submit recording(s) and, if required by the program, must schedule a live audition; 
  • Select programs prescreen applicants to determine if a live audition or interview will be conducted; 
  • Online video auditions can be authorized in special circumstances (i.e. international applicants, or other students with travel challenges).

A completed application, application fee, and all Required Application Documents must be submitted in order to be reviewed for admission. Applicants meeting these deadlines will be considered for merit scholarships:

Instrumental & Composition

Application and Application Fee Deadline Required Application Documents Deadline Decision Release
Friday, December 1, 2023
(11:59 p.m. EST)
Thursday, January 18, 2024
(11:59 p.m. EST)
Friday, March 8, 2024
Friday, March 1, 2024
(11:59 p.m. EST)
Friday, March 1, 2024
(11:59 p.m. EST)
On a rolling basis

Qualifying applicants will be notified and invited to schedule an audition for faculty. Interview registration will begin to be scheduled no later than November 1, 2023.

Fletcher (Voice):

Application, Application Fee, Prescreening, and all Required Application Documents submitted. Friday, December 1, 2023
(11:59 p.m. EST)
Applicants who submit materials after December 1, 2023, will not be considered for admission.

Qualifying applicants will be notified to schedule an audition for faculty after December 1, 2023.

Graduate Voice applicants should review the Fletcher Opera Audition Process for complete application procedures.

Admissions Criteria


Applicants for the graduate division in the School of Music should have completed or be scheduled for completion of a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts degree with a music focus (or the equivalent if the institution is located outside of the United States).

Applicants to the Professional Artist Certificate program should have completed or be scheduled for completion of a Master of Music or Master of Arts with a music focus in the intended area of concentration (or the equivalent if the institution is located outside of the United States).

Test Scores (International Applicants)

International Applicants
International applicants are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores. Minimum score requirements for international students are:

  • TOEFL iBT or TOEFL iBT Home Edition: 79
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • Duolingo English Test: 100

Completed Application, Fees & Required Documents

  1. Complete the online application.

  2. Pay your Application Fee: $95 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, $130 for international applicants or non-resident aliens. Application fees are non-refundable.

    Payment Options
    • Online: Follow payment at the end of the application or on your Admissions Portal.
    • Check or Money Order (through a U.S. bank): Make payable to "UNCSA" and include your full legal name. Mail your payment and fully legible name of the applicant to the Office of Admissions.
    • International Applicants: Use Flywire to pay your application fee online through an international bank or pay by check or money order through a U.S. bank as listed above.
  3. Upload all Required Application Documents prior to your listed application deadline.

Please note: If applying to two different UNCSA art schools (Design & Production, Filmmaking, and Music), a completed second application and fee is required.