Degrees and Fields of Study
- Historical Musicology
- Music Theory/Composition
Note: The field of study descriptions may not exactly match the actual program name on the degree that is conferred. Please refer to the GSAS Bulletin section Degree and Certificate Programs as Registered by the New York State Education Department for the actual program name and degree conferred.
The NYU Music Department has changed the tempo of its graduate admissions cycle. Beginning with the 2020-21 academic year, the department has adopted an innovative “two-years-on/one-year-off” admissions schedule. Please read full details at the Department of Music's Website.
The 2020-21 academic year will be an “off” year and there will be no graduate admissions for fall 2020. The next term of application will be for fall 2021. The application for fall 2021 will be available in September 2020. Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Requirements for Music
All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit a complete application for admission. A complete application includes the online application, academic transcripts, test scores (if required), letters of recommendation, a résumé or curriculum vitae, a Statement of Academic Purpose, and an application fee. Applicants also have the option of providing a short Personal History essay. Please refer to the Instructions section of the online application. In addition, the department specifically requires the following:
GRE: The GRE general test requirement is suspended for fall 2021 due to COVID-19. Please do not send us GRE test scores. If you do, the scores will not be reviewed or considered by the department's Admissions Committee. In subsequent terms, the general test is required.
TOEFL or IELTS: Either the TOEFL or the IELTS is required of all applicants who are not native English speakers or who do not have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English. See test score FAQ.
Statement of Academic Purpose: In a concisely written statement, please describe your past and present work as it relates to your intended field of study, your educational objectives, and your career goals. In addition, please include your intellectual and professional reasons for choosing your field of study and why your studies/research can best be done at the Graduate School of Arts and Science at NYU. The statement should not exceed two double-spaced pages.
Writing Sample (Music Theory/Composition): Two or three music samples that demonstrate recent work are required. For notated music samples, a recording should be included. Submitted samples may include electroacoustic or multimedia works, in which case there is typically no score. A short writing sample of 5-15 double-spaced pages, on any musical topic, is also required.
Writing Sample (Ethnomusicology, Historical Musicology): One or two written papers, double-spaced, that demonstrate analytical and writing abilities are required. These will play a major role in the admission decision.
Instructions for Submitting Recorded Material and Musical Scores: It is preferred that you submit recordings and musical scores by using a URL to point to an online collection of your materials. Please refer to the instructions at GSAS Application Instructions - Video Requirements. If you are unable to make electronic versions of the material available, please contact the Music Department directly at the email address shown above.
The Graduate School of Arts and Science reserves the right to change this information at any time. This document supersedes all previous versions.
Last updated September 14, 2020.
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