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Admissions Requirements


To apply to one of the doctoral programs in music, there are requirements established by The Graduate Center and Music Department.  Please be sure to check both, in order.


I. Graduate Center Requirements


Please click here for the General Admissions Requirements for the CUNY Graduate Center, including GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and so on.  These are required of all applicants.


II. Music Department Requirements


Please click below for the specific requirements from the music doctoral program to which you are applying.

Composition (PhD. or D.M.A.)


In addition to the general admissions requirements, please submit:

1. One or two samples of your written work, that is, a substantial term paper or a chapter from an undergraduate or Master's thesis, etc.

2. Three or four recently completed compositions (scores and recordings when possible). Send these directly to:

Professor Jeff Nichols
Ph.D./D.M.A. Programs in Music
Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10016-4309


Applicants for the Composition degree must demonstrate exceptional achievement in composition as well as a strong background in the areas of music history, theory, and analysis. Prospective students may be asked to come for an interview with the Composition faculty.

Application Deadline: December 15th

If you have any further questions, please contact Prof. Jeff Nichols, Acting Deputy Executive Officer, Ph.D. and D.M.A. Program in Composition.

Ethnomusicology


In addition to the general admissions requirements  please submit one or two samples of your written work, that is, a substantial term paper or a chapter from an undergraduate or Master's thesis, etc.

Applicants for the Ethnomusicology degree must demonstrate promise of superior achievement in advanced study and research. Prospective students may be asked to come for an interview with the Ethnomusicology faculty.

Application Deadline: December 15th

If you have any further questions, please contact Prof. Jane Sugarman, Deputy Executive Officer, Ph.D. Program in Ethnomusicology.

Music Performance (D.M.A.)


Note that a Master's Degree in Music Performance is a pre-requisite for the D.M.A. program in Music Performance.

In addition to the general admissions requirements  please submit:

1. One or two samples of your written work, that is: a substantial term paper or a chapter from an undergraduate or master's thesis, etc.
 
2. The first round of auditions consists of pre-screening audio files. In addition, you may submit links for one or more audio or video files. Titles and composers of all works should be clearly identified. These files should contain a total of 40-60 minutes of music. Your program should include solo repertoire from (at least) three different musical periods. Singers should include selections in four languages including English. For string players and pianists, a complete sonata from the 18th or 19th century is required. It is recommended (but not required) that you include one work composed after 1950. For the remaining piece or pieces, you may, if you choose, include complete movements excerpted from longer works. The recording does not need to be of a live performance.
 
Applicants whose materials have been approved will be notified by early January regarding arrangements for an audition at the CUNY Graduate Center. Requirements for the live audition are the same as the pre-screening materials:  You may, in fact, use some, or all of the same program.
 
Auditions–by appointment only–will be scheduled during the first weekend in February. On the afternoon following the live audition, you will meet with the director of the program and take a two-hour qualifying exam in music theory and music history.
 
In addition to the general University requirements for admission, applicants for the Performance D.M.A. must present an adequate background, as judged by the Admissions Committee, in the areas of music history, theory, and analysis. Applicants must demonstrate promise of achievement in study, research, and scholarly writing.
 
Application Deadline: December 1st
 
If you have any further questions, please contact:
Prof. John Musto, Coordinator, D.M.A. Program in Performance: jmusto@gc.cuny.edu
 

Music Theory


In addition to the general admissions requirements  please submit:

1. One or two samples of your written work, that is, a substantial term paper or a chapter from an undergraduate or Master's thesis, etc.

2. Samples of tonal composition (chorale melody harmonization, sonata or fugue exposition, invention, song, chorale prelude).

Applicants for the Music Theory degree must present a strong background in the areas of music history, theory, and analysis. They must demonstrate promise of superior achievement in advanced study and research. Prospective students may be asked to come for an interview with the Music Theory faculty.

Application Deadline: December 15th

If you have any further questions, please contact Prof. Joseph Straus, Deputy Executive Officer, Ph.D. Program in Ethnomusicology.


Musicology


In addition to the general admissions requirements  please submit one or two samples of your written work, that is, a substantial term paper or a chapter from an undergraduate or Master's thesis, etc.

Applicants for the Musicology degree must present a strong background in the areas of music history, theory, and analysis. They must demonstrate promise of superior achievement in advanced study and research. Prospective students may be asked to come for an interview with the Musicology faculty.

Application Deadline: December 15th

If you have any further questions, please contact Prof. Anne Stone, Deputy Executive Officer, Ph.D. Program in Musicology.