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Graduate Admissions

Whether you are looking to advance in your current career path or perhaps make a career change, our graduate programs provide the opportunities to focus your studies even further. Take your education to the next level in one of dozens of programs available.

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Arts Administration

Providing an education in arts management and leadership.

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Fostering limitless experiences and connections.

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Commercial Music

Providing hands-on experience as performers, engineers and producers.

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Gaining leadership and entrepreneurial skills for the 21st Century.

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Offering exceptional training for performers and teachers.

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Liberal Arts in Music

Pursuing a passion for music along with other academic interests.

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Music Education

Preparing tomorrow’s teachers and researchers.

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Music Therapy

Building careers using music in service to and rehabilitation of others.

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Training socially responsible scholar-musicians of the highest caliber.

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Building skillsets for successful, competitive musicians.

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Piano Technology

Providing valuable experience in repair and restoration situations.

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Preparing students to excel as a versatile, modern musician.

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Theory & Composition

Training musicians through outstanding instruction and mentorship.

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Voice & Opera

Developing students for a multitude of performing opportunities.

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Preparing students for diverse careers in teaching and performance.

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Fall 2024

Musicology Admissions

Encouraging participation in an integration of public engagement, scholarship, and music making.


Key Admission Dates

Fall 2024

  • Application Deadline December 1
  • Interview Period (by invitation) January and February
  • Decisions Released March

Application Requirements

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1 Apply to Florida State University

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

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 Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

International Students

The College of Music admissions requirements exceed University minimum standards. Official English Language Proficiency results are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English, including applicants who have already studied in an English speaking country for any length of time.

For admission, attain the minimum required score on one of the following exams:

Additionally, to be eligible for a graduate assistantship:

  • Students must score a minimum of 26 on the speaking portion of the IBTOEFL or;
  • Achieve a score of 50 on the SPEAK Test (offered by FSU) to qualify for a graduate assistantship.

2 Apply to the College of Music

Masters and Doctoral applicants

Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional below. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

  • Vita/Resume
    • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information
  • Statement of Purpose
    • In 1000 words or less, this statement should address your interest in musicology, what you hope to accomplish with an advanced degree in the field, the likelihood of your success, the music you would enjoy researching and how you would approach that task, and why you chose Florida State University
  • Sample of Research Writing
    • A thesis or major term paper demonstrating historical understanding, ability to write clearly about musical detail, mastery of bibliographic resources and forms, and control of writing style
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
    • You will enter your recommenders’ contact information through the Application Status Check.

3 Submit transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

For the purposes of the admission review, transcripts may be official or unofficial. Prior to matriculation, entering students are required to submit final, official transcripts.


4 Complete your interview (by invitation)

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 December, and interviews will be conducted in January and February.

Note that some University-wide fellowships have early January deadlines. If applying for one of these fellowships, please inform the Musicology Area Coordinator, Dr. Sarah Eyerly, 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.

Common Questions

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How do I apply for a scholarship or graduate assistantship?

Everyone who completes the application process (including interview and/or audition, if required) is automatically considered for scholarships and assistantships, and no additional application is necessary.  Only graduate students interested in auditioning for accompanying or group piano teaching assistantships are required to take an additional audition.  Contact College of Music Admissions for further details.

Is a prescreening recording required?

Prescreenings are required for the following instruments/degree programs:

  • MM or DM in Brass Performance
  • MM or DM in String Performance (Violin only)
  • MM or DM in Woodwind Performance
  • MM or DM in Voice Performance
  • MM or DM in Piano Performance
  • MM in Piano Pedagogy
  • MM or DM in Accompanying
  • MM in Opera Coaching

Prescreening submissions are due by December 1 and results will be released by December 15. Applicants who are successful in this first round will be invited to campus for a full audition on one of the dates listed above. (Music Theatre will have a second round via Zoom, followed by a final round on campus).

Is an accompanist provided?

An accompanist is provided, free of charge, for all voice and music theatre auditions on campus. Rehearsal time is not provided, however, and scores should not be submitted in advance. Please bring neat copies, in a book or organized in a binder, in the appropriate key(s). Students may bring their own accompanist to the audition if they wish.

Instrumental auditions will be unaccompanied.

How many times may I audition?

Students are allowed a maximum of three audition attempts per instrument/voice, per degree level (bachelors, master’s, doctoral). Applicants are allowed one audition per application.