Graduate Students - How to Apply

For Academic Year 20202021



Consideration for admission into Graduate Studies in Music requires the following:

  1. Admission to the School of Music requires electronic application through the Graduate Admissions Office (electronic submission of your application and all Graduate School Admissions requirements);
  2. Submission of ALL supplemental materials required by the School of Music uploaded WITH your application;
  3. Review the applicable deadlines pertinent to you on Important Admissions Deadlines.

Make sure to also reference the following websites for additional important details on applying:

Please note that the School of Music accepts only electronic versions of materialsno hard copies or emails can be accepted.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Required materials SHOULD be uploaded with your application to ensure the most expedient processing.

  • Any required document not submitted with the application can be submitted afterwards through Admissions Imaging. Please note that emailing documents via Admissions Imaging will delay the review of your application and materials. Make sure not to submit duplicate materials that you have already uploaded with your application.

1. Electronic Submission of Graduate Admissions Application

  • Review the information found at The Ohio State University Graduate Admissions website.
  • Complete and submit the online application AND upload the required materials (see below) with your application (
  • Choose "Graduate Level Applications" (NOTE: if you are interested in the Graduate Non-Degree Application, please read the information contained at Non-Degree Option first).
  • Make certain that you choose the correct degree that corresponds to your desired major/specialization (refer to School of Music Graduate Degrees and Programs).

A. TRANSCRIPTS: Submit with the application ONE scanned copy (front and back) of an official original transcript from each university attended, even if you attended while in high school.

  • If admitted, you will then be required by the Graduate Admissions Office to submit final, official transcripts to their office.
  • If you currently attend or have previously attended Ohio State, you do not need to submit a transcript of your Ohio State course work as one will be provided for you.

B. GRE TEST SCORES: Music Education, Musicology, and Music Theory majors (master's and doctoral) are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Request that your testing agency send them electronically to Ohio State.

C. Official TOEFL or IELTS, or MELAB scores for international applicants whose native language is not English: This requirement can be waived IF a bachelor's degree or higher was earned (or will be earned by the end of spring semester 2020) in an English-speaking country. Request that your testing agency send them electronically to Ohio State.

Minimum scores required:

  • TOEFL: 79 (internet-based). Institution code for Ohio State is #1592.
  • Ohio State DOES NOT accept TOEFL "My Best" scores.

Please note: We do not offer conditional admission. Students who do not have the acceptable scores will not be considered for admission.

D. REFERENCES: Three (3) letters of reference from persons acquainted with your academic work and professional performance. Music accepts only online letters of recommendation processed through the application (no hard copies or emails).

  • Once you have submitted your application, in approximately 3–5 business days, the references that you listed in it will be notified of your request for a recommendation.

E. PERSONAL STATEMENT: A statement describing your scholarly and/or artistic interests, your reasons for wanting to undertake graduate study, and your future professional goals (1–2 pages).

F. RÉSUMÉ: A curriculum vitae or résumé (2 pages). Performance and conducting applicants should include your repertoire in your résumé if required by your major.

After submitting your application:

You will be able to monitor the status of your application as well as the receipt of ALL required materials (a link will be contained in the "Thank you" email you will receive 24–48 hours after applying).

If you have forgotten your password (needed, along with the ID number you were assigned upon applying, to check your application status), passwords may be changed or reset by following the instructions at, or by contacting the IT Service Desk (614-688-HELP).

2. Submission of Materials Specific to Your Major

Upload all required documents WITH your application. They should be uploaded into the "Program Documents" section.

For details on materials required for your specific major, please find the section below that corresponds to your area of interest.

A. Performance majors (MM, Master of Music and DMA, Doctor of Musical Arts) –and– Pedagogy majors (MA, Master of Arts) in Brass, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Voice and Woodwind — please refer to the Graduate Auditions page.

B. Composition majors (MM and DMA)

a. Must upload musical scores into "Audition/Musical Score" box of the Program Documents section of application.

b. Electronic examples are optional, but recommended. Please upload these into Dropbox and then email the link to Dr. Thomas Wells (

c. Multiple scores should be combined into a single Word or pdf document ( does this free of charge).

C. Conducting majors (MM and DMA)*

a. Must upload a repertoire list as part of résumé (Step 1.F. above).

b. A pre-screen video audition must be uploaded into Dropbox and the link emailed to the appropriate faculty member listed below.

c. Must also schedule with the advising professor a personal interview, a conducting interview, and a keyboard proficiency test.

c. Students may matriculate in the graduate conducting programs only during autumn semester.

*NOTE: Applicants interested in the DMA or MM in Conducting should contact a faculty member (below). Please see Graduate Auditions for further details.

D. Musicology majors (MA and PhD)

a. Must submit papers demonstrating skill in writing, knowledge about music, and ability to construct a convincing and original argument. These should be uploaded in the Program Documents section of the application.

b. Those who wish to visit in order to meet with members of the faculty should contact Dr. Arved Ashby (

E. Music Theory majors (MA and PhD)

a. Must submit examples of theory or analysis papers. These should be uploaded in the Program Documents section of the application.

F. Music Education majors (MA)

a. Must upload a video into Dropbox and then email the link to Dr. Daryl Kinney ( Make sure you create it as a SHARED Dropbox available for faculty to review.

b. The video should demonstrate musicianship on your principal instrument or voice (not conducting).

c. Repertoire is the choice of the applicant and may be accompanied or unaccompanied.

G. Music Education majors (PhD)

a. Please see Music Education PhD Admissions Requirements for specifics on the admissions process for this degree/major and the materials that are required.


Information and deadlines for funding can be found at Applying for Graduate Funding.

After Submitting Your Application

You can monitor the status of your application at, however please note that during application season (usually from October through February), you will not see much change in your application status or activity on your application.

For those applicants who do not know their current password (needed, along with the ID number you were assigned upon applying, to check your application status), passwords may be changed or reset by following the instructions at, or by contacting the IT Service Desk (614-688-HELP).


Complete instructions are listed on the Graduate Auditions page.

After You Are Admitted

All newly admitted graduate students are required to take the music history and music theory diagnostic exams at the beginning of their program. See Graduate Student Diagnostic Exams for details.