Admissions

The deadline for submission of ALL application materials is December 1. Failure to meet this deadline will jeopardize the opportunity for admission and financial support. Students are admitted to begin in Fall Quarter only.

You must have a Bachelors degree in order to apply to the Masters program, and a Masters degree to apply to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) programs. We do not accept duplicate degrees. Holders of a Masters degree, regardless the field the degree is in, must apply for the Ph.D. or D.M.A. programs. Holders of the Ph.D., in any field, or D.M.A., are advised not to apply for admission. UCSD does not consider a Ph.D. and D.M.A. a duplication of degrees; therefore applicants holding one of these degrees may apply to the other program.


UCSD Application for Graduate Admission

All sections of the official UCSD Application for Graduate Admission with the $80 non-refundable fee for U.S. residents and $100 non-refundable fee for International students must be submitted by December 2. Please apply ONLINE. Instructions are found at http://ogs.ucsd.edu/prospective-students/graduate-admissions/index.html. Be sure to access all supplemental forms.

The following documents MUST be submitted online through the OGS Admissions website https://gradapply.ucsd.edu/. Files must be in PDF.

  • Statement of Purpose (submitted online through the OGS Admissions website). Click here for the Guidelines.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation required: submitted through the OGS Admissions online application. Click here for the Guidelines. 
     
  • Unofficial transcripts (from all institutions attended) required. Scanned and uploaded copies of transcripts may be submitted through the OGS Admissions website. Upon provisional admission to graduate study at UC San Diego: Official hard copy transcripts from all institutions attended and from the institution where you obtained your undergraduate/graduate degree will be required to finalize your admission and must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions office. Click here for the Guidelines. For international academic records and/or transcripts, click here.
     
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores are REQUIRED for all applicants. Score information can be input on the OGS Admissions online application.

    GRE Test Contact: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. (609) 771-7670. Web site: http://www.gre.org. (Institution Code = 4836; Department Code = 2404)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are REQUIRED for all applicants whose country of citizenship does not have English as its primary language, unless you have been enrolled in a full-time program of study for at least one year in an English speaking country. The minimum score is 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), 213 for the computer-based test (CBT), or 80 for the internet-based test (iBT). Arrangements may be made at the nearest US Embassy, or by contacting Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, NJ (609) 771-7100. Website: http://www.toefl.org. (Institution Code = 4836; Department Code = 19)

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  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores - minimum score is 7. Website: http://www.ielts.org
    Click here for Examination Guidelines.

     

     

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    MATERIALS TO SUBMIT FOR AREA OF EMPHASIS:

    • Composition applicants: three scores of instrumental works with recorded examples of the works being performed is preferred. (Such evidence may include, but should not be exclusively, electroacoustic works or installation documentation; at least one of the submitted works must be a score involving traditional instrumental writing.) A repertory list of works (solo and chamber) performed or composed during the past few years and a sample of printed concert programs in which you have participated, either as performer, composer, or collaborator. A minimum of two papers illustrating writing ability in any of the following areas: musical analysis, criticism, aesthetics, music theory, or music technology. Please include your most recent works as well as 20th century pieces, when possible.
    • Computer Music applicants: appropriate documentation (e.g., papers, performances, intermedia works, computer programs, etc.) of prior work.

    • Integrative Studies applicants: a writing sample demonstrating potential in music scholarship (e.g., theoretical, analytical, or ethnographic work) and, if appropriate, documentation of performances, compositions, computer music projects, installations or intermedia work.

    • Performance applicants: A repertory list of works (solo and chamber) performed or composed during the past few years and a sample of printed concert programs in which you have participated, either as performer, composer, or collaborator. Audio files demonstrating the level of vocal and/or instrumental performance. In person auditions are desirable when possible, but not required. A minimum of two papers illustrating writing ability in any of the following areas: musical analysis, criticism, aesthetics, music theory, or music technology. Please include your most recent works as well as 20th century pieces, when possible.

 
 

Uploading MP3 files (10MB max):

  • MP3 files can be uploaded on the Music Department site. Name your files beginning with your last name and the type of document (i.e. JONES_audio1.pdf). DO NOT upload Microsoft Word or Excel files. Max file size is 10MB. For assistance, contact the Music Department Graduate Admissions.
     
  • If your scores and audio files are larger than 10MB, you can create a website and provide link on application or you may mail these files on a CD to:
    UC San Diego
    Department of Music - Graduate Admissions
    9500 Gilman Dr. MC 0099
    La Jolla, CA 92093-0099

** Please DO NOT submit duplicate scores and audio files via online upload and regular mail; all portfolio materials should be sent through our online submission tool and only MP3 those files bigger than 10MB should be mailed to the Dept. of Music. **

Additional Help

If at any time you have questions about the application process or the materials you should submit, please contact our Graduate Coordinator at grad_admissions@music.ucsd.edu.

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