Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

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Graduate Application Requirements

Updated Information January 5, 2022: On-campus live auditions are being moved to an online live virtual format for the 2022 cycle. As we're watching this new variant unfold at an alarmingly fast and contagious rate, it is increasingly irresponsible to pursue on-campus live auditions. Even if models are correct and Delta and Omicron begin to fizzle out by mid-January, there is not a responsible way to invite visitors to our campus.

We had high hopes for conducting on-campus live auditions, but the rate of transmission of the Omicron variant is alarming. Regardless of the severity or not, we don't want anyone feeling like they have to come to our campus and are taking this safety precaution for both the health of our community and you.

We will send revisions for live virtual auditions and recorded audition policies by early next week. Please continue to hold the original audition date that you selected in your calendar.

Prescreening results are still anticipated to be released by January 10th. We hope to continue to have schedules released by January 20th, but again, please be patient if we have delays.

Thanks for your patience and understanding as we navigate this transition.

All applicants to the Master of Music, Master of Science or Advanced Music Studies Certificate program must complete the following application requirements by December 1.:

  • Please be sure to review the audition/portfolio requirements for your program of choice. 
  • Submit the School of Music’s online application (see detailed requirements below)
  • Pay the $125.00 application and audition fee online using a credit card.

Auditions/portfolios will be held in-person, live virtual, and via recorded auditions for the 2021-2022 application cycle. Please review requirements for your area. Please check to see if your area requires pre-screening.

Required Application Materials:

  • Written Personal Statement
  • Repertoire or Portfolio List
  • Music Resumé
  • Professional Resumé (if applying for an assistantship)
  • Three letters of recommendation
    (submitted through the online application)
  • Unofficial or Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    (desired minimum GPA: 3.0)
  • Pre-screening, audition, or portfolio requirements as noted by area.
  • Test Scores: 
    • Students whose native language is not English must submit an official TOEFL, IELTS or DuoLingo score.
      (TOEFL code 2074; Department Humanities - Music 19)
    • Music & Technology (MS) applicants may submit an official GRE score (we are test-optional for the 202-2022 application cycle).
      (Institution Code 2074; Department Arts - Performance and Studio – Music 2404)


School of Music Office of Recruitment and Enrollment
Phone: 412-268-4118
Fax: 412-268-1431

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