Application Instructions

Please select your intended degree program from the list below. All applicants must complete the Florida State University Application as well as the College of Music Supplemental Application.

Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts in Music (Freshman and Transfer Students)

Music Theatre
Path to Admission

Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

  • Audition
    • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
  • Transfer Release Form (not required for Freshman applicants)
    • If you are a transfer student and you wish to be considered for a music scholarship, you must submit this release form. Completion of this form does not terminate any scholarship you may be receiving at your current institution. It simply allows us to offer you a scholarship if warranted by your audition.
  • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • This list is not what you intend to perform at your audition; we will ask that of you the day of your audition. Instead, this is a list of all significant works you have studied to date.
  • Letter of Recommendation (1 required)
    • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu).
  • Music Theatre Supplement
  • Headshot and Resume
    • Note: even if you upload your headshot, you should bring one in hard copy to your on campus audition.

Step 3: Complete your College of Music audition.

Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

November 1

  • Early Decision Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU.
  • Though not required, this option is suggested for all applicants to receive best consideration for merit scholarships. University notifications will be released January 25. Admission to the College of Music dependent on successful audition.

December 1

  • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
  • Applicants who complete the College of Music application by December 1 will generally receive an audition on the date of their first choice, however, we reserve the right to close an audition room at any time once it reaches capacity.

February 7

  • Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU. Transfer applicants should apply by this date as well. Freshmen applicants will be notified of their decision on March 29.

January and February

February 15

  • Deadline for College of Music Supplemental applications. However, please keep in mind that auditions will probably close much sooner, so please apply early.

March 29

  • Admission decisions released. Early decision applicants admitted to FSU on January 25 may be notified sooner.
Commercial Music
Path to Admission

Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

  • Audition
    • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
  • Transfer Release Form (not required for Freshman applicants)
    • If you are a transfer student and you wish to be considered for a music scholarship, you must submit this release form. Completion of this form does not terminate any scholarship you may be receiving at your current institution. It simply allows us to offer you a scholarship if warranted by your audition.
  • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • This list is not what you intend to perform at your audition; we will ask that of you the day of your audition. Instead, this is a list of all significant works you have studied to date.
  • Letter of Recommendation (1 required)
    • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu).
  • Commercial Music Portfolio (due at least two weeks prior to the audition)
    • Essay (minimum 5 pages) containing mission statement, musical philosophy, and career goals. Required format: 12-pt. Times New Roman, double-spaced.
    • Unofficial Transcript
    • Two original songs in lead sheet (musical notation) form. This music should include:
      • Title
      • Composer (yourself)
      • Melody
      • Chords
      • Lyrics
      • Audio Recordings of these two songs
  • Interview;
    • On audition day, applicants to the Commercial Music program will interview with Professor Brian Gaber, Program Director.

Step 3: Complete your College of Music audition.

Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

November 1

  • Early Decision Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU.
  • Though not required, this option is suggested for all applicants to receive best consideration for merit scholarships. University notifications will be released January 25. Admission to the College of Music dependent on successful audition.

December 1

  • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
  • Applicants who complete the College of Music application by December 1 will generally receive an audition on the date of their first choice, however, we reserve the right to close an audition room at any time once it reaches capacity.

February 7

  • Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU. Transfer applicants should apply by this date as well. Freshmen applicants will be notified of their decision on March 29.

January and February

February 15

  • Deadline for College of Music Supplemental applications. However, please keep in mind that auditions will probably close much sooner, so please apply early.

March 29

  • Admission decisions released. Early decision applicants admitted to FSU on January 25 may be notified sooner.
Composition
Path to Admission

Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

  • Audition
    • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
  • Transfer Release Form (not required for Freshman applicants)
    • If you are a transfer student and you wish to be considered for a music scholarship, you must submit this release form. Completion of this form DOES NOT terminate any scholarship you may be receiving at your current institution. It simply allows us to offer you a scholarship if warranted by your audition.
  • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • This list is NOT what you intend to perform at your audition. We will ask that of you the day of your audition. Instead, this is a list of all significant works you have studied to date
  • Letter of Recommendation (1 required)
    • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

Step 3: Complete your College of Music audition.

Details about the Undergraduate Composition Degree

Composition portfolio and Prerequisites

Please read all of the information below carefully. If you have questions, contact Dr. Evan Jones at eajones@fsu.edu.

The B.M. Composition Degree is for students interested in composition of contemporary “classical” concert music that explores extended tonal and atonal harmonic languages in traditional and novel forms. Students interested in traditional tonal or modal styles of composing should consider the B.A in Commercial Music or Jazz. Prospective students should look at both of these curriculums closely as they consider their options and interests. Students in the B.A. Program may be able to study composition privately if studio space is available.

Students must have completed or exempted MUT 1111 (Theory I) before taking private composition. Lessons during the freshman and sophomore year (first semester) are normally with doctoral students and begin in the second semester of freshmen year. Exceptional students with prior training in composition may, pending approval, obtain lessons with faculty members immediately.

Any prospective composition student must be admitted to the College of Music and have successfully auditioned on a principal instrument. Students should submit 2-3 compositions for consideration of admittance to the composition program. These scores normally will be reviewed the week prior to classes in the Fall and Spring Semester, and may be submitted in 213B Longmire the Monday morning of that week. Students will be notified about lessons that week. A list of composition studio assignments will be distributed before classes begin. Students who are denied may seek private instruction on their own and resubmit the following semester.

NOTE: Students may submit their compositions at the time they audition for the College of Music in the Spring when they are applying to the College of Music at FSU. Faculty will review these applications in the Spring Term. You may mail your portfolio to Dr. Evan Jones, College of Music, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1180.

Students are initially admitted as prospective composition majors. Their progress and work in private lessons is evaluated at the end of each term. Students who do not progress well or demonstrate inconsistent effort will not be permitted to continue in the program. Students normally will be placed with a faculty member during the second semester sophomore year if their progress has been viewed favorably. At the end of the sophomore year, the student will meet with faculty to discuss their compositions to date, which are submitted to the faculty for admission to the upper division composition sequence. This is equivalent to the sophomore ‘applied’ jury. Students not admitted to the upper-division level should keep in mind that a BA in music is a viable and flexible alternative.

Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

November 1

  • Early Decision Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU.
  • Though not required, this option is suggested for all applicants to receive best consideration for merit scholarships. University notifications will be released January 25. Admission to the College of Music dependent on successful audition.

December 1

  • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
  • Applicants who complete the College of Music application by December 1 will generally receive an audition on the date of their first choice, however, we reserve the right to close an audition room at any time once it reaches capacity.

February 7

  • Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU. Transfer applicants should apply by this date as well. Freshmen applicants will be notified of their decision on March 29.

January and February

February 15

  • Deadline for College of Music Supplemental applications. However, please keep in mind that auditions will probably close much sooner, so please apply early.

March 29

  • Admission decisions released. Early decision applicants admitted to FSU on January 25 may be notified sooner.
Music theory
Path to Admission

Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

  • Audition
    • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
  • Transfer Release Form (not required for Freshman applicants)
    • If you are a transfer student and you wish to be considered for a music scholarship, you must submit this release form. Completion of this form DOES NOT terminate any scholarship you may be receiving at your current institution. It simply allows us to offer you a scholarship if warranted by your audition.
  • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • This list is NOT what you intend to perform at your audition. We will ask that of you the day of your audition. Instead, this is a list of all significant works you have studied to date.
  • Letters of Recommendation (1 required)
    • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

Step 3: Complete your College of Music audition.

Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

November 1

  • Early Decision Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU.
  • Though not required, this option is suggested for all applicants to receive best consideration for merit scholarships. University notifications will be released January 25. Admission to the College of Music dependent on successful audition.

December 1

  • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
  • Applicants who complete the College of Music application by December 1 will generally receive an audition on the date of their first choice, however, we reserve the right to close an audition room at any time once it reaches capacity.

February 7

  • Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU. Transfer applicants should apply by this date as well. Freshmen applicants will be notified of their decision on March 29.

January and February

February 15

  • Deadline for College of Music Supplemental applications. However, please keep in mind that auditions will probably close much sooner, so please apply early.

March 29

  • Admission decisions released. Early decision applicants admitted to FSU on January 25 may be notified sooner.
All Other majors * / Music minor
Path to Admission

Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

  • Audition
    • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
  • Transfer Release Form (not required for Freshman applicants)
    • If you are a transfer student and you wish to be considered for a music scholarship, you must submit this release form. Completion of this form DOES NOT terminate any scholarship you may be receiving at your current institution. It simply allows us to offer you a scholarship if warranted by your audition.
  • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • This list is NOT what you intend to perform at your audition. We will ask that of you the day of your audition. Instead, this is a list of all significant works you have studied to date.
  • Letters of Recommendation (1 required)
    • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

Step 3: Complete your College of Music audition.

Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

November 1

  • Early Decision Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU.
  • Though not required, this option is suggested for all applicants to receive best consideration for merit scholarships. University notifications will be released January 25. Admission to the College of Music dependent on successful audition.

December 1

  • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
  • Applicants who complete the College of Music application by December 1 will generally receive an audition on the date of their first choice, however, we reserve the right to close an audition room at any time once it reaches capacity.

February 7

  • Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU. Transfer applicants should apply by this date as well. Freshmen applicants will be notified of their decision on March 29.

January and February

February 15

  • Deadline for College of Music Supplemental applications. However, please keep in mind that auditions will probably close much sooner, so please apply early.

March 29

  • Admission decisions released. Early decision applicants admitted to FSU on January 25 may be notified sooner.

* Including: Music Performance, Music Education, Music Therapy, Jazz Studies, Sacred Music, and General Music

Master of Arts in Music

Arts Administration
Path to Admission

Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

  • Please be sure to select the degree program "Arts Administration - Music" as there is a similarly named degree in the Art department. Applicants to the "Arts Administration - Music" degree must have an undergraduate degree in Music, whereas the "Arts Administration - Art" degree does not have a specific undergraduate requirement.

Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

  • Vita/Resume
    • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
  • Statement of Goals and Objectives
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
    • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

Please send transcripts directly to: 
     Florida State University
     Office of Admissions
     282 Champions Way
     Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

Step 4: Complete the Interview.

  • Selected applicants with completed applications will be invited to interview with Dr. Hodges. Interviews will be conducted on campus in conjunction with our College of Music audition weekends in January and February or--if necessary--by telephone. Applicants are encouraged to interview on campus in Tallahassee as the interview weekends provide a number of activities, including concerts and tours.
Other Requirements

Grade Point Average

In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0,please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

Foreign Language Proficiency

All Master of Arts students at Florida State University must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by:

  • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate School Foreign Language Tests of the Educational Testing Service,
  • Certification by the appropriate language department,
  • Completion of 12 semester hours in a foreign language with an average grade of at least 3.0 ("B"), or
  • Four years of a single language in high school.

Applicants who do not already meet this requirement may complete it while enrolled at FSU.

Applied Music Assessment

Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

December 1

  • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

January & February

  • Interview period. Only applicants who complete the interview by the end of February will be considered for Graduate Assistantships.

April 1

  • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
Music - Liberal Arts
Path to Admission

Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

  • Vita/Resume
    • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
  • Statement of Goals and Objectives
  • Letter of Recommendation (1 required)
    • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

Please send transcripts directly to: 
     Florida State University
     Office of Admissions
     282 Champions Way
     Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

Other Requirements

Grade Point Average

In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

Foreign Language Proficiency

All Master of Arts students at Florida State University must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by:

  • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate School Foreign Language Tests of the Educational Testing Service,
  • Certification by the appropriate language department,
  • Completion of 12 semester hours in a foreign language with an average grade of at least 3.0 ("B"), or
  • Four years of a single language in high school.

Applicants who do not already meet this requirement may complete it while enrolled at FSU.

Applied Music Assessment

Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

December 1

  • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

February 28

  • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

June 1

  • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
Piano Technology Track
Path to Admission

Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

  • Vita/Resume
    • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
  • Statement of Goals and Objectives
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
    • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

Please send transcripts directly to: 
     Florida State University
     Office of Admissions
     282 Champions Way
     Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

Other Requirements

Grade Point Average

In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

Foreign Language Proficiency

All Master of Arts students at Florida State University must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by:

  • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate School Foreign Language Tests of the Educational Testing Service,
  • Certification by the appropriate language department,
  • Completion of 12 semester hours in a foreign language with an average grade of at least 3.0 ("B"), or
  • Four years of a single language in high school.

Applicants who do not already meet this requirement may complete it while enrolled at FSU.

Applied Music Assessment

Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

December 1

  • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

February 28

  • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

April 1

  • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

Master of Music

Composition
Path to Admission

Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

  • Vita/Resume
    • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
  • Statement of Goals and Objectives
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
  • List of Compositions
    • This should be a comprehensive list, not just the items you are submitting in your portfolio.
  • Composition Portfolio
    • Recent compositions, for different mediums.
    • Master's applicants should submit three; Doctoral applicants should submit four or five.
    • Recordings of performances, if available.

Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

Please send transcripts directly to: 
     Florida State University
     Office of Admissions
     282 Champions Way
     Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

Step 4: Complete the Interview.

  • New students are required to have an onsite interview if interested in a graduate assistantship.
  • Theory/Composition Assistantship Interview are scheduled for February 9th or 23rd, 2018. Other dates can be arranged if necessary. Select students will be contacted to schedule an interview.
  • For those interested in an assistantship, plan to complete the application process by December 1.

Note that some University-wide fellowships have early January deadlines. If applying for one of these fellowships, please inform Dr. Evan Jones or other theory or composition faculty members so your application can be reviewed at the beginning of the review period and results can be reported to the University-wide committee before the deadline.

Other Requirements

Grade Point Average

In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

December 1

  • Priority Deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

January 3-24

  • Initial review period for applications completed by December 1.
  • The College of Music will continue to review complete applications on a rolling basis until April 1.

February 10 or 24

  • On-campus assistantship interviews. Only applicants with completed applications who interview during this period will be considered for merit-based financial assistance.

April 1

  • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
Music Theory
Path to Admission

Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

  • Vita/Resume
    • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
  • Personal Statement of Goals and Objectives
  • Scholarly Writing Sample
    • Paper dealing with music theory or analysis (preferably a term paper).
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
    • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

Please send transcripts directly to: 
     Florida State University
     Office of Admissions
     282 Champions Way
     Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

Step 4: Complete the Interview.

  • New students are required to have an onsite interview if interested in a graduate assistantship.
  • Theory/Composition Assistantship Interview are scheduled for February 9th or 23rd, 2018. Other dates can be arranged if necessary. Select students will be contacted to schedule an interview.
  • For those interested in an assistantship, plan to complete the application process by December 1.

Note that some University-wide fellowships have early January deadlines. If applying for one of these fellowships, please inform Dr. Evan Jones or other theory or composition faculty members so your application can be reviewed at the beginning of the review period and results can be reported to the University-wide committee before the deadline.

Other Requirements

Grade Point Average

In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

December 1

  • Priority Deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

January

  • Initial review period for applications completed by December 1.
  • The College of Music will continue to review complete applications on a rolling basis until April 1.

February 10 or 24

  • On-campus interviews. Only applicants with completed applications who interview during this period will be considered for merit-based financial assistance.

April 1

  • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
Music Therapy
Path to Admission

Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

  • Vita/Resume
    • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
  • Statement of Goals and Objectives
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
    • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.
  • Schedule an Interview
    • Once your applications have been submitted, please contact Dr. Jayne Standley (850-644-4565 or jstandley@fsu.edu) to schedule an interview.

Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

Please send transcripts directly to: 
     Florida State University
     Office of Admissions
     282 Champions Way
     Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

Other Requirements

Professional Experience

It is expected that applicants will have earned the MT-BC credential prior to applying for the Master of Music Therapy Program. Those who have not, but have earned an undergraduate degree in music, may still apply for the Masters degree but must complete the Music Therapy Equivalency Program as a prerequisite.

Grade Point Average

In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

Applied Music Assessment

Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

December 1

  • Priority Deadline - All applications completed by this date are guaranteed consideration for admission. We will continue to accept applications after this date provided there is space remaining in the program.

June 1

  • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
Musicology (Historical and Ethnomusicological Track)
Path to Admission

Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

  • Please note that applicants should select the Degree Program "Musicology - MM" on the FSU Application, regardless of intended track. You will have the opportunity to specify your track (Ethnomusicology or Historical Musicology) on the College of Music supplemental application.

Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

  • Vita/Resume
    • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
  • Statement of Purpose
    • 1000 words or less
    • addresses interest in musicology
    • what you hope to accomplish with an advanced degree in the field
    • the likelihood of your success
    • music you would enjoy researching and how you would approach that task
    • why you chose Florida State University
  • Sample of Research Writing
    • thesis or major term paper
    • demonstrate historical understanding
    • ability to write clearly about musical detail
    • mastery of bibliographic resources and forms
    • control of writing style
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
    • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

Please send transcripts directly to: 
     Florida State University
     Office of Admissions
     282 Champions Way
     Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

Step 4: Complete the Interview.

  • Complete applications will be reviewed during the month of January.
  • After review of complete applications, a select number of applicants will be invited to interview. Invitations to interview will be sent by email in late January.
  • On-campus interviews will be conducted on January 27th and February 10th.

Note that some University-wide fellowships have early January deadlines. If applying for one of these fellowships, please inform Dr. Frank Gunderson or other members of the musicology faculty so your application can be reviewed at the beginning of the review period and results can be reported to the University-wide committee before the deadline.

Other Requirements

Grade Point Average

In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

December 1

  • Priority Deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

January

  • Initial review period for completed applications.

January 22 or February 12

  • On-campus interviews. Only applicants with completed applications who interview during this period will be considered for merit-based financial assistance.

April 1

  • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

Master of Music in Education

Music Education (Full-Time Program)
Path to Admission

Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Statement of Goals and Objectives
    • Valid Teaching Certification (K-12 Music)
      • Admission is contingent upon having a valid Teaching Certificate for Music K-12. If you have an electronic copy of the certificate, you may upload it through the application. If you only have a physical version, a copy can be mailed to the College of Music.
      • Applicants seeking certification should apply for and complete a second bachelor's degree in Music Education before pursuing the Master's degree.
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Other Requirements

    Professional Experience

    Applicants to the MME degree programs must present a valid US teaching certificate in music.

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Applied Music Assessment

    Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

    February 28

    • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

    June 1

    • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
    Music Education (Summer Program)
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Statement of Goals and Objectives
    • Valid Teaching Certification (K-12 Music)
      • Admission is contingent upon having a valid Teaching Certificate for Music K-12. If you have an electronic copy of the certificate, you may upload it through the application. If you only have a physical version, a copy can be mailed to the College of Music.
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Other Requirements

    Professional Experience

    Applicants to the MME degree programs must present a valid US teaching certificate in music.

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

    March 1

    • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

    Master of Music in Opera Production

    Opera Coaching
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    • Please note that applicants should select the degree program "Opera Production - MM" on the FSU Application. You will have the opportunity to specify your track (Directing or Coaching) on your College of Music supplemental application.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Foreign Language Requirement

    • Graduation from the Opera Production degree requires reading proficiency in French, German and Italian. In addition, all candidates must exhibit a thorough knowledge of correct diction in these languages, including the ability to correctly transcribe them into the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
    • “Proficiency” is to be interpreted as having completed one year of each language at the college level with a grade of “B” or higher OR satisfactory performance on the language entrance examination administered by the coaching faculty.
    • Identified language deficiencies will have to be made up during the period of residence.
    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

    January 9 or February 6

    • On-campus audition dates.

    January 25

    • Final application deadline. Applicants to the Opera Coaching track must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Opera Directing
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    • Please note that applicants should select the degree program "Opera Production - MM" on the FSU Application. You will have the opportunity to specify your track (Directing or Coaching) on your College of Music supplemental application.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Statement of Goals and Objectives
    • Video clips of prior directing work (optional)
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete the Interview

    • On-campus interview/audition is strongly recommended but not required. In lieu of the interview, video clips of the applicant's work or other support materials are requested. Please contact Professor Lata to schedule an interview.
    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Applied Music Assessment

    Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

    February 28

    • Application deadline for assistantship consideration for Opera Directing track applicants.

    April 1

    • Final application deadline. The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

    Master of Music in Performance

    Brass
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Conducting (Choral)
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Statement of Goals and Objectives
    • Conducting Recordings
      • Two recordings are required and consist of: (1) an Audio or Video Performance Recording of a group you conduct and (2) a Video Recording of a 20-minute rehearsal. Recordings should be uploaded to your College of Music Supplemental Application -- please do not send DVD or CD recordings..
      • Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of these recordings. Qualified conducting applicants may be asked to give a live audition at a later date.
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Applied Music Assessment

    Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

    February 28

    • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

    April 1

    • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
    Conducting (Wind)
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Statement of Goals and Objectives
    • Conducting Recordings
      • Two recordings are required and consist of: (1) an Audio or Video Performance Recording of a group you conduct and (2) a Video Recording of a 20-minute rehearsal. Recordings should be uploaded to your College of Music Supplemental Application -- please do not send DVD or CD recordings..
      • Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of these recordings. Qualified conducting applicants may be asked to give a live audition at a later date.
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete the  Conducting Exam (select applicants only)

    • Upon review of completed files and conducting recordings, selected applicants will be invited to take an on-campus conducting exam and interview to determine assistantship placements
    • Applicants should contact Patrick Dunnigan   or Richard Clary
    • NOTE: Although the faculty may add you to the on-campus conducting exam schedule please DO NOT make travel arrangements   until after you have received and acceptance letter from the College of Music
    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Applied Music Assessment

    Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

    February 28

    • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

    April 1

    • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
    Conducting (Orchestral)
    Path to Admission

    *Please note: We will not be accepting applications to the Orchestral Conducting program for 2018*

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Statement of Goals and Objectives
    • Conducting Recordings
      • Two recordings are required and consist of: (1) an Audio or Video Performance Recording of a group you conduct and (2) a Video Recording of a 20-minute rehearsal. Recordings should be uploaded to your College of Music Supplemental Application -- please do not send DVD or CD recordings..
      • Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of these recordings. Qualified conducting applicants may be asked to give a live audition at a later date.
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete the  Conducting Exam (select applicants only)

    • the deadline to complete the MM Orchestral Conducting application is December 1st.
    • Upon review of completed files and conducting recordings, selected applicants will be invited to take an on-campus conducting audition.  Invitations to the on-campus conducting exam will be emailed in early January
    • The on-campus exam and audition will take place on TBA
    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Applied Music Assessment

    Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

    February 28

    • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

    April 1

    • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
    Harp
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Jazz Studies
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Organ
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Percussion
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Piano
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date pending successful prescreening result. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.
    • Prescreening Recordings
      • All applicants must complete the prescreening requirements by December 1. Prescreening materials will be evaluated and a select number of applicants will be invited to audition live on our campus. Prescreening results will be sent by email in mid-December.
      • Recordings (video preferred) should be unedited, from within the last two years, and should consist of three (3) contrasting works from differing style periods. Individual movements of larger works are acceptable.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    • Upon review of the prescreening recordings, selected applicants will be invited to audition live. Invitations will be sent by email in mid-December.
    • All applicants will be considered for Private Piano teaching assistantships.
    • Applicants who wish to be considered for Accompanying assistantships should contact Professor Valerie Trujillo prior to the audition.
    • Applicants who wish to be considered for Group Piano assistantships should contact College of Music Admissions at the time of application.
    • Be sure to review the Audition Requirements for your instrument.
    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Piano Accompanying
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Piano Pedagogy
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Prescreening Recording
      • All applicants must complete the prescreening requirements by December 1. Prescreening materials will be evaluated and a select number of applicants will be invited to audition live on our campus. Please review the Audition Requirements page for a complete list of prescreening requirements.
    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please note that your on-campus audition will be confirmed only after successful completion of the prescreening requirements. Please do not make travel plans until this confirmation has been received.
      • On the day of your audition, you will also be asked to give a group piano mock lesson in order to be considered for an assistantship. Approximately two weeks prior to the audition, applicants will be sent guidelines for this portion of the audition.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Personal Statement of Goals and Objectives
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    • Upon review of the prescreening recordings, selected applicants will be invited to audition live. Invitations will be sent by email in mid-December.
    • Be sure to review the Audition Requirements for your instrument.
    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Strings
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Voice
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Woodwinds
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.

    Doctor of Music in Composition

    Composition
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Statement of Goals and Objectives
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.
    • List of Compositions
      • This should be a comprehensive list, not just the items you are submitting in your portfolio.
    • Composition Portfolio
      • Recent compositions, for different mediums. (PDF format is preferred)
      • Master's applicants should submit three; Doctoral applicants should submit four or five.
      • Recordings of performances, if available.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete the Interview.

    • New students are required to have an onsite interview if interested in a graduate assistantship.
    • Theory/Composition Assistantship Interview are scheduled for February 9th or 23rd, 2018. Other dates can be arranged if necessary. Select students will be contacted to schedule an interview.
    • For those interested in an assistantship, plan to complete the application process by December 1.

    Note that some University-wide fellowships have early January deadlines. If applying for one of these fellowships, please inform Dr. Evan Jones or other theory or composition faculty members so your application can be reviewed at the beginning of the review period and results can be reported to the University-wide committee before the deadline.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

    While the GRE is not required for the DM in Composition, it is highly recommended. Applicants wishing to be considered for University-wide fellowships must submit official GRE scores.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

    January 3-24

    • Initial review period for applications completed by December 1.
    • The College of Music will continue to review complete applications on a rolling basis until April 1.

    February 10 or 24

    • On-campus interviews. Only applicants with completed applications who interview during this period will be considered for merit-based financial assistance.

    April 1

    • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

    Doctor of Music in Performance

    Brass
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Scholarly Writing Sample
      • Acceptable scholarly writing sample may include either
        • A paper of at least 5 pages submitted for an MM-level course, including proper citations and appropriate bibliography; or
        • Program notes for the pieces to be performed for the audition (same criteria for minimum length, citations and bibliography apply)
      • Please note that an anti-plagiarism monitoring program to ensure the originality of the work may be used to check papers.
      • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
        • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Harp
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Percussion
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Scholarly Writing Sample
      • Acceptable scholarly writing sample may include either
        • A paper of at least 5 pages submitted for an MM-level course, including proper citations and appropriate bibliography; or
        • Program notes for the pieces to be performed for the audition (same criteria for minimum length, citations and bibliography apply)
      • Please note that an anti-plagiarism monitoring program to ensure the originality of the work may be used to check papers.
      • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
        • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Piano Performance
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date pending successful prescreening result. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.
    • Prescreening Recordings
      • All applicants must complete the prescreening requirements by December 1. Prescreening materials will be evaluated and a select number of applicants will be invited to audition live on our campus. Prescreening results will be sent by email in mid-December.
      • Recordings (video preferred) should be unedited, from within the last two years, and should consist of approximately 30 minutes of music from three style periods.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    • Upon review of the prescreening recordings, selected applicants will be invited to audition live. Invitations will be sent by email in mid-December.
    • All applicants will be considered for Private Piano teaching assistantships.
    • Applicants who wish to be considered for Accompanying assistantships should contact Professor Valerie Trujillo prior to the audition.
    • Applicants who wish to be considered for Group Piano assistantships should contact College of Music Admissions at the time of application.
    • Be sure to review the complete Audition Requirements.
    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Piano Accompanying
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so. Recorded auditions are not accepted for this program.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Submit your audition repertoire.

    • Well in advance of your audition date, email a list of your selected audition repertoire directly to the Coordinator of Piano Accompanying, Professor Valerie Trujillo (vtrujillo@fsu.edu)
    • Recorded auditions are not accepted for the program.

    Step 5: Complete your College of Music audition.

    • Be sure to review the Audition Requirements for your instrument.
    • Recorded auditions are not accepted for the program.
    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

    January 9 or February 6

    • On-campus Piano Accompanying audition dates.

    February 16

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Strings
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so. If you are unable to audition on-campus, you may upload a recording through the application.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Voice
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Scholarly Writing Sample
      • Acceptable scholarly writing sample may include either
        • A paper of at least 5 pages submitted for an MM-level course, including proper citations and appropriate bibliography; or
        • Program notes for the pieces to be performed for the audition (same criteria for minimum length, citations and bibliography apply)
      • Please note that an anti-plagiarism monitoring program to ensure the originality of the work may be used to check papers.
      • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
        • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.
      • Prescreening Recordings
        • All applicants must complete the prescreening requirements by December 1. Prescreening materials will be evaluated and a select number of applicants will be invited to audition live on our campus. Prescreening results will be sent by email in mid-December.
        • Recordings should include one aria and one art song demonstrating two different languages chosen from Italian, German, French, and English.
        • Please do not submit more than two songs.
        • Please review the complete Prescreening Instructions

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.
    Woodwinds
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Audition
      • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so.
    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Scholarly Writing Sample
      • Acceptable scholarly writing sample may include either
        • A paper of at least 5 pages submitted for an MM-level course, including proper citations and appropriate bibliography; or
        • Program notes for the pieces to be performed for the audition (same criteria for minimum length, citations and bibliography apply)
      • Please note that an anti-plagiarism monitoring program to ensure the originality of the work may be used to check papers.
      • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
        • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.
    • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

    January and February

    February 15

    • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.

    Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education

    Music Education
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Educational Portfolio
      • To include a Personal Statement of Goals and Objectives and any of the following that may apply: Concert Programs, Scholarly Writing Samples, etc.
      • Please upload this portfolio as a single document (PDF preferred).
      • Preferred teaching experience of two-to-three years prior to application.
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0,please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Applied Music Assessment

    Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

    February 28

    • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

    April 1

    • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
    Choral Conducting Track
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Educational Portfolio
      • To include a Personal Statement of Goals and Objectives and any of the following that may apply: Concert Programs, Scholarly Writing Samples, etc.
      • Please upload this portfolio as a single document (PDF preferred).
      • Preferred teaching experience of two-to-three years prior to application.
    • Conducting Recordings
      • Two recordings are required and consist of: (1) an Audio or Video Performance Recording of a group you conduct and (2) a Video Recording of a 20-minute rehearsal. Recordings should be uploaded to your College of Music Supplemental Application - please do not send DVD or CD recordings.
      • Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of these recordings. Qualified conducting applicants may be asked to give a live audition at a later date.
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0,please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Applied Music Assessment

    Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

    February 28

    • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

    April 1

    • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
    Orchestral Conducting Track
    Path to Admission

    *Please note: We will not be accepting applications to the Orchestral Conducting program for 2018*

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Educational Portfolio
      • To include a Personal Statement of Goals and Objectives and any of the following that may apply: DVDs, Concert Programs, Scholarly Writing Samples, etc.
      • Please upload this portfolio under one cover.
      • Preferred teaching experience of two-to-three years prior to application.
    • Conducting Recordings
      • Recordings should consist of an Audio Recording of a group you conduct and a Video Recording of a 20-minute rehearsal.
      • Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of these recordings. Qualified conducting applicants may be asked to give a live audition at a later date.
      • Orchestral Conducting track applicants must complete this requirement by December 1 for consideration.
        • NOTE: Although the faculty may add you to the on-campus conducting exam schedule, please DO NOT make travel arrangements until after you have received an acceptance letter from the College of Music.
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete the  On-Campus Conducting Exam

    • The On-Campus Conducting Exam is only required for those students seeking assistantship consideration.
    • Orchestral Conducting applicants should contact Dr. Alex Jimenez. The Orchestral Conducting audition will take place on TBA.
    • NOTE: Although the faculty may add you to the on-campus conducting exam schedule please DO NOT make travel arrangements   until after you have received and acceptance letter from the College of Music
    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Applied Music Assessment

    Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Application deadline (all materials submitted) for assistantship consideration for the Orchestral Conducting track.

    February 26

    • On-campus conducting audition for the Orchestral Conducting track with the University Philharmonic Orchestra.

    June 1

    • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
    Wind Conducting Track
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Educational Portfolio
      • To include a Personal Statement of Goals and Objectives and any of the following that may apply: DVDs, Concert Programs, Scholarly Writing Samples, etc.
      • Please upload this portfolio under one cover.
      • Preferred teaching experience of two-to-three years prior to application.
    • Conducting Recordings
      • Recordings should consist of an Audio Recording of a group you conduct and a Video Recording of a 20-minute rehearsal.
      • Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of these recordings. Qualified conducting applicants may be asked to give a live audition at a later date.
      • Wind Conducting track applicants should contact Dr. Patrick Dunnigan or Professor Richard Clary for assistantship consideration.
        • NOTE: Although the faculty may add you to the on-campus conducting exam schedule, please DO NOT make travel arrangements until after you have received an acceptance letter from the College of Music.
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Step 4: Complete the  On-Campus Conducting Exam

    • The On-Campus Conducting Exam is only required for those students seeking assistantship consideration.
    • Wind Conducting applicants should contact Dr. Patrick Dunnigan or Professor Richard Clary to schedule their exam.
    • NOTE: Although the faculty may add you to the on-campus conducting exam schedule please DO NOT make travel arrangements   until after you have received and acceptance letter from the College of Music
    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Applied Music Assessment

    Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process for the Wind Conducting track.

    February 26

    • On-campus conducting audition for the Orchestral Conducting track with the University Philharmonic Orchestra.

    June 1

    • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
    Music Therapy Track
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Statement of Goals and Objectives
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.
    • Schedule an Interview
      • Once your applications have been submitted, please contact Dr. Jayne Standley (850-644-4565 or jstandley@fsu.edu) to schedule an interview.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Other Requirements

    Professional Experience

    Applicants must have at least 3-5 years of clinical experience to qualify for admission to this program.

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Applied Music Assessment

    Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

    February 28

    • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

    April 1

    • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
    Piano Pedagogy Track
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Personal Statement of Goals and Objectives
    • Education Portfolio
      • To include any of the following that may apply: student evaluations, teaching philosophy, concert programs, etc.
      • Please upload this portfolio as a single document (PDF preferred).
      • Preferred teaching experience of two-to-three years prior to application.
    • Sample of Best Scholarly Writing
      • thesis or major term paper
      • ability to write clearly about musical detail
      • mastery of bibliographic resources and forms
      • control of writing style
    • Teaching Recording
      • Compile a variety of 3-4 teaching video clips (up to 30 minutes total) that demonstrate your skills working with students of different ages and levels. Recordings should be uploaded to your College of Music Supplemental Application - please do not submit DVDs.
    • Performance Recording
      • Video recordings should be unedited and from within the last 2 years.
      • Approximately 30 minutes of music; solo or chamber music is acceptable
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.
    • Interview
      • Upon receipt of the materials listed above, a select number of applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview. Please do not make travel plans until this confirmation has been received.
      • On the day of your interview, you will also be asked to give a group piano mock lesson in order to be considered for an assistantship. Approximately two weeks prior to the audition, applicants will be sent guidelines for this portion of the interview.

    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Please send transcripts directly to: 
         Florida State University
         Office of Admissions
         282 Champions Way
         Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0,please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Applied Music Assessment

    Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

    February 28

    • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

    April 1

    • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

    Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory

    Music Theory
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Personal Statement of Goals and Objectives
    • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
    • Scholarly Writing Sample
      • Master's Thesis if available or paper dealing with music theory or analysis (preferably a term paper).
      • An additional Analysis Sample.
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit official transcripts and GRE score.

    • Official Transcripts
      • Please send transcripts directly to: 
             Florida State University
             Office of Admissions
             282 Champions Way
             Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400
      • Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.
      • Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.
      • International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.
    • GRE (required)
      • The GRE is required of all applicants for the PhD program in Music Theory.
      • To be submitted electronically to FSU by the testing agency (Institution Code: 5219).

    Step 4: Complete the Interview

    • New students are required to have an onsite interview if interested in a graduate assistantship.
    • Theory/Composition Assistantship Interviews are scheduled for February 9th or 23rd, 2018. Other dates can be arranged if necessary. Select applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.
    • For those interested in an assistantship, plan to complete the application process by December 1.

    Note that some University-wide fellowships have early January deadlines. If applying for one of these fellowships, please inform Dr. Evan Jones or other theory or composition faculty members so your application can be reviewed at the beginning of the review period and results can be report to the University-wide committee before the deadline.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0,please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

    January

    • Initial review period for applications completed by December 1.
    • The College of Music will continue to review complete applications on a rolling basis until April 1.

    February 10 or 24

    • On-campus interviews. Only applicants with completed applications who interview during this period will be considered for merit-based financial assistance.

    April 1

    • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

    Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology

    Historical or Ethnomusicological Track
    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    • Please note that applicants should select the Degree Program "Musicology - PhD" on the FSU Application, regardless of intended track. You will have the opportunity to specify your track (Ethnomusicology or Historical Musicology) on the College of Music supplemental application.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

    The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

    • Vita/Resume
      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
    • Statement of Purpose
      • 1000 words or less
      • addresses interest in musicology
      • what you hope to accomplish with an advanced degree in the field
      • the likelihood of your success
      • music you would enjoy researching and how you would approach that task
      • why you chose The Florida State University
    • Sample of Research Writing
      • thesis or major term paper
      • demonstrate historical understanding
      • ability to write clearly about musical detail
      • mastery of bibliographic resources and forms
      • control of writing style
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (musicadmissions@fsu.edu), regular mail, or fax.

    Step 3: Submit official transcripts and GRE scores.

    • Official Transcripts
      • Please send transcripts directly to: 
             Florida State University
             Office of Admissions
             282 Champions Way
             Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400
      • Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.
      • Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.
      • International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.
    • GRE
      • The GRE is required of all applicants for graduate study in Musicology
      • To be submitted electronically to FSU by the testing agency (Institution Code: 5219).

    Step 4: Complete the Interview

    • Complete applications will be reviewed during the month of January.
    • After review of complete applications, a select number of applicants will be invited to interview. Invitations to interview will be sent by email in late January.
    • On-campus interviews will be conducted on January 27th and February 10th.

    Note that some University-wide fellowships have early January deadlines. If applying for one of these fellowships, please inform Dr. Frank Gunderson or other or other members of the musicology faculty so your application can be reviewed at the beginning of the review period and results can be report to the University-wide committee before the deadline.

    Other Requirements

    Grade Point Average

    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0,please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

    Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

    January

    • Initial review period for completed applications.

    January 22 or February 12

    • On-campus interviews. Only applicants with completed applications who interview during this period will be considered for merit-based financial assistance.

    April 1

    • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
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