Bachelor of Science in Music - Application Procedures

Bachelor of Science in Music: Computer Sciences, Sonic Arts, and Media and Enterprise
Application Procedures


If you are applying specifically for the Bachelor of Science in Music degree (Computer Sciences, Sonic Arts, and Media and Enterprise) PROCEED to follow each step found on this page.

If you are applying for a degree program in Composition, Jazz Studies, Liberal Arts in Music, Music Education, Musicology, Performance or Theory please RETURN to Undergraduate Application Procedures and follow those instructions which are specific to the degrees that require an audition for admission to the School of Music.

Undergraduate Application Procedures and Financial Aid Information

Step 1:  Apply to the University

Academic admission to the university is required and separate from the School of Music application and audition process. High school seniors and prospective transfer students can apply to the university online.

Following are suggestions regarding academic admission to the university. Read carefully, then apply online via the link provided below.

  • You must apply by November 1 to receive an early-action decision from the university and be considered for most university merit scholarships. The university will accept applications until February 1.
  • We highly recommend applying by November 1 if you wish to be considered for the Morrill Scholarship Program and Honors and Scholars Programs.
  • Ohio State must receive test scores by the appropriate application and/or scholarship deadline. Students should plan to test at least six weeks prior to deadlines to allow sufficient time for scores to be sent to Ohio State. Test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency. Scores from transcripts will not be considered.

Apply to The Ohio State University online

  • Applicants who have done well academically in high school should seriously consider Ohio State's Honors Program. Students are also encouraged to apply to the Arts Scholars Program, which offers interesting and challenging interdisciplinary classes, activities and travel for arts majors.

Step 2:  Apply to the School of Music

The application process for the Bachelor of Science in Music degree is required, and is in addition to your application to the university. The audition process is not mandatory for the BS degree, but is required if you also wish to be considered for other degree programs within the School of Music (Performance, Music Education, Composition, Musicology, Bachelor of Arts in Music).

Read all the following information carefully, then apply online via Acceptd® at the link provided below.

  • Please note there is a $15 student application fee you will be asked to pay online at Acceptd®.
  • Deadlines
    • If you choose to perform an audition, your application should be submitted by Saturday, January 20, 2018 OR two weeks prior to the chosen audition date, whichever comes first.
    • If you do NOT choose to perform an audition, your application should be submitted NO LATER THAN February 1, 2018.
  • The Acceptd® Platform is supported by all browser types. However, it is recommended that users update their browsers to the most recent versions, if possible. The application works best in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer (version 9 or higher).
  • Along with your application, you will be required to submit supporting materials that are unique to the BS degree track you have selected: Computer Sciences, Sonic Arts, and Media and Enterprise. Review the required materials carefully and have them prepared for upload along with your application.

Apply to the School of Music at Acceptd(R) website

NOTE: Performing an audition is optional for all tracks. If you choose to perform an audition, you will be asked to select one (1) of four (4) dates to attend an Audition Day on campus.

  • Please check dates carefully when selecting your audition date, as they often occur on the same days as Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) Solo and Ensemble competitions. Your college audition is an all-day commitment. Please do not plan to participate in both activities on the same day. Audition dates for the 2018–2019 academic year are:

 Thursday, December 7, 2017 (no trumpet or flute auditions available on this date)
 Friday, January 12, 2018
• Saturday, January 20, 2018
 Saturday, February 3, 2018

  • Non-Ohio residents may submit an audition recording via Acceptd® or may be able to arrange a special audition – on weekdays only – by requesting alternate dates on the application.
  • For more information about our audition days, including a sample schedule, please visit Undergraduate Audition Day Information.
  • Refer to Audition Requirements for repertoire suggestions and requirements for your audition.
  • Students take a Theory Placement Exam (TPE) to determine if they are ready to enter Music Theory I. The exam covers basic musical notation, scales, key signatures, rhythm and chords. You will either take this exam on the day of your audition (if you choose to perform one) or schedule a separate time with the Undergraduate Studies office.
    • For students who submit a video audition, the TPE is postponed until arrival on campus.
  • Instructions on taking the Aural Placement Exam (APE) will be provided upon acceptance into the School of Music. The APE assesses fundamental skills such as the ability to match a pitch, sing a scale, and subdivide a pulse into duplets and triplets.

Step 3 (Optional):  Applying for Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • There is no separate audition for music scholarships. Each student who auditions for entrance to the School of Music may be considered for a music scholarship. Most scholarships are renewable for 4 years.
  • Visit Undergraduate Admissions/Scholarships for details about academic scholarships.
  • Visit Types of Aid for Incoming Freshmen for more information about financial aid options, eligibility criteria and deadlines.
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