Admissions

  • Students are admitted to begin in Fall Quarter only.
  • The admissions procedure is handled through UCSD GRAD APPLY beginning on September 1.
  • The application process and all fee payments must be completed by December 4. CLICK HERE for more information.
  • Failure to meet these deadlines will jeopardize the opportunity for admission and financial support.
  • A Bachelors degree is required to apply to the Masters program, and a Masters degree is required to apply to either Doctoral program (Ph.D. or D.M.A.) We do not grant duplicate degrees.
  • The Department of Music accepts only digital application materials. If you are submitting audio and video materials we encourage you either to create a website to host them or to use standard hosting sites such as SoundCloud, Vimeo, YouTube, etc.  Space is provided in the official application for web links and you may also wish to imbed them in your Statement of Purpose. Only as a last resort, materials can be sent to the Department’s mailing address. Duplicate materials should never be sent.

 

The following PDF documents MUST be submitted to UCSD GRAD APPLY:

  • Statement of Purpose. MORE INFORMATION.
  • Three Letters of RecommendationMORE INFORMATION
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores. The Music subject test is not required. GRE WEBSITE (Institution Code = 4836; Department Code = 2404). MORE INFORMATION
  • Writing Samples — A minimum of two papers illustrating writing ability in any area of music scholarship related to your degree goals. Your most recent writing and writing on 20th- and 21st-century musical practices is preferred.
  • Additional documentation of previous work (see below for more information from each area of emphasis)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended. Scanned copies are acceptable. Upon provisional admission to graduate study at UCSD, official hard copy transcripts are required to finalize your admission. MORE INFORMATION
  • For International Students: The TOEFL exam (Test of EnglIsh as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required of ALL international students 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 a minimum of one year in a country whose primary language is English. The minimum TOEFL score is 550 (or 213 for computer-based exam). The minimum IELTS score is 7. The minimum speaking TOEFL score is 25 and 28-30 for IELTS. TOEFL WEBSITE. IELTS WEBSITE. MORE INFORMATION

 

Appropriate additional materials to submit for each area of emphasis:

Composition applicants:

  • Three scores of instrumental works, ideally accompanied by recorded examples of the works being performed. 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 digital/scanned samples of printed concert programs in which you have participated, either as performer, composer, or collaborator.

 

Performance applicants:

  • Audio files demonstrating the level of vocal and/or instrumental performance. In person auditions are desirable when possible, but not required. 
  • A repertory list of works (solo and chamber) performed or composed during the past few years and digital/scanned samples of printed concert programs in which you have participated, either as performer, composer, or collaborator.

 

Computer Music applicants:

  • Appropriate documentation of prior work (e.g., papers, performances, intermedia works, computer programs, etc.).

 

Integrative Studies applicants: 

  • At least one of your writing samples should represent substantial and sustained engagement with a topic of relevance to contemporary music scholarship.
  • If appropriate, documentation of performances, compositions, computer music projects, installations or intermedia work.

 

Additional Help

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