The department is not involved in the admissions process. Those interested in applying or transferring to UCSD should contact the UCSD Admissions Office, or call (858) 534-3160 or (858) 534-4831 to speak with an Admissions Counselor about the application process and preliminary evaluation of your transfer credits.
The Department of Music does not require a portfolio or audition to enter as a Music, Music Humanities or Music ICAM major since we also have non-performance based majors. Those students who know that they want to do an emphasis in performance are strongly encouraged to contact the faculty member for their instrument.
New Student Advising
(Questions & Answers for students who have been accepted to UCSD)
Where do I start?
Please familiarize yourself with the department website: http://musicweb.ucsd.edu/. Major course curriculum, the annual schedule of classes, course descriptions, minor information, as well as faculty biographies, concert and facilities information are readily available here.
Can I make an appointment to speak with an advisor?
Appointments can be made, and are recommended, by calling 858-534-3230. We strongly encourage students to make an appointment with an advisor prior to their enrollment time to discuss course schedules. New majors will receive an email, typically in August before Fall registration begins, that will help you determine which courses to register in for Fall.
Does my community college course count as a UCSD course toward my major?
Visit the ASSIST website at: www.assist.org. If the course listed on ASSIST at your community college directly articulates (equals) with a major course at UCSD, you will NOT need to take this class at UCSD.
Please be sure to check your transferred course list on TritonLink Academic History after your transcripts are sent to UCSD. You are checking the following things:
- Are ALL of your transferred courses listed?
- Are any of the courses approximated with a UCSD course? If so, the UCSD course will be listed under UCSD Approx.
- If none of your courses are approximated you may want to check against what is listed on the ASSIST website; occasionally, a course is articulated on ASSIST, but is NOT listed as approximated on your transferred course list on TritonLink Academic History.
It is your responsibility to be sure that you are receiving credit for the courses you took at the community college. Please contact your major department or college if you find any courses that you are not receiving the proper credit for.
If your community college did not offer courses that directly articulate (equal) to a course at UCSD, you should meet with the department advisors to discuss your options.
Can I petition courses that do not articulate?
Community college courses may be petitioned to count as equivalent to LOWER DIVISION (1-99) courses at UCSD. Community college courses MAY NOT count as upper division courses at UCSD.
We encourage all students to petition all courses during their first quarter at UCSD so that you will know what courses remain for you to complete your major and GE requirements during the remainder of your time at UCSD.
The Music department will only accept UC TRANSFERABLE COURSES to be petitioned for UCSD courses. Non-transferable courses may not count toward courses at UCSD.
Can I test out of any courses?
The Music Department allows students to test out of the Music 1, Music 2 and Music 2K series courses. Please review this information on the department's Undergraduate Program website.
Many colleges offer an equivalent course to our Music 1 sequence courses. Transfers should check Assist to see if their college has a course which articulates to UCSD. If not, transfer students may either petition a course they believe is equivalent or take the Music 1 proficiency exam to test out of the sequence.
The UCSD Music Department does not accept transfer courses for the Music 2 or 2K series, though many students have taken similar courses at their college that may prepare them to test out of our sequences courses. We recommend transfer students register for MUS 2A and 2AK when they transfer to UCSD in the Fall. You will have the opportunity to test out of each sequence during the first 2 weeks of the quarter.
What courses should I be taking during Fall quarter?
Review your major requirements as listed on the Music Website.
Look at the Music Annual Course Schedule.
Review Campus Schedule of Classes to see days and times of course lectures and sections.
Transfer students will receive an email in August, prior to Fall registration, that will state which courses they should register in. Transfers may also contact the Music advisors at 858-534-3230 or email@example.com to discuss your proposed course plan.
Seats have been saved for Transfer students, therefore some courses may appear to be FULL on the Campus Schedule of Classes until Transfer student enrollment begins. If a course is FULL the student has the option to add to the waitlist. The automated waitlist operates on a one out, one in basis. To be a full-time student you must be ENROLLED in 12 units.
What courses should I take for the rest of the school year?
For a comprehensive quarter by quarter plan, please make an appointment to meet with an advisor in the Music undergraduate office in CPMC 192 or 195 during advising hours (posted on the department website). We highly encourage all transfer students to come into the department office for advising during their first quarter at UCSD. We will begin advising appointments with new students after week 3 of the quarter. Please familiarize yourself with your major course curriculum, course descriptions, and the annual schedule of classes PRIOR to your advising session.
ICAM Transfer Students
The pre-major for ICAM was discontinued in Fall 2007, which means all students entering in or after Fall 2007 will be admitted as ICAM majors.
Transfers entering with 36 or more quarter units should complete their lower division courses for the major by their third quarter of study at UCSD. At the time of admission, transfer students' transcripts will be evaluated by the departments to determine what courses completed elsewhere, if any, may be petitioned as equivalent to required lower division courses. Students should be prepared to provide course descriptions, syllabi, and other materials that may be required to determine the content of the courses taken at other institutions.
Take a look at the ICAM major webpage for more recommendations for transfers.
Transferring from a public California College or University?
Check out ASSIST
ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. You can use ASSIST in planning which courses to take at your current public California college/university.