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. Along with your online application and required application documents, you will audition with the music faculty. Admission to the UNCSA School of Music program is based on a combination of your artistic and academic merits.

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

Deadlines & Auditions

School of Music auditions will be held in-person at this time, closely following campus Community Health Standards. Most applicants will need to submit at least 1 recording with their application and schedule a live audition, while select others will need to submit a full prescreening to qualify for a live audition or interview.

In order to be reviewed for admission and schedule an audition - the application, fee and all required documents must be submitted by one of the following deadlines.

Application Deadlines:

November 2, 2021 (11:59 pm)
December 1, 2021 (11:59 pm)*
January 19, 2022 (11:59 pm)

*Fletcher applicants MUST submit all application materials & prescreening recordings no later than Dec. 1, 2021. Anything submitted after this deadline will not be considered for admission consideration.

The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you can schedule an audition and potentially receive an admission decision. All applications will be considered for merit scholarship.

March 11, 2022: Final Music admission decision notification date

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: 79 internet-based, 550 paper based, or 213 computer based
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Duolingo: 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 you are applying to two different UNCSA art schools (Design & Production, Filmmaking and Music) you will need to complete a second application and pay a second application fee.