Doctoral Music Admissions

Step 1: Read These Important Notices
Step 2: Review Admission Requirements
Step 3: Complete An Application
Step 4 : Transcripts
Step 5: English Language Requirement
Step 6: Financial Aid


STEP 1: READ THESE IMPORTANT NOTICES PERTAINING TO DOCTORAL APPLICANTS 

IMPORTANT: Graduate Degrees in Music at the University of Oregon do NOT require the submission of GRE scores.

PLEASE NOTE: All students admitted to a graduate music program at the University of Oregon must possess the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree. Students without an undergraduate degree in music can sometimes be admitted, however, previous coursework will be audited and the student may be required to complete additional undergraduate music courses which can extend the length of the time needed to complete the degree and increase costs.


STEP 2: CAREFULLY REVIEW THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR DEGREE PROGRAM

PhD Composition 

The following must be attached when submitting the Application for Graduate Admission:

  1. Résumé
  2. Statement of Purpose 
  3. Scholarly writing sample 
  4. Evidence of live performance of your works
  5. List of compositions 
  6. List of performances of compositions
  7. Scores of original works for large and small ensembles that demonstrate marked ability and technical skill in composition. 
  8. Audio or video recordings of compositions 
  9. An interview with a member of the composition faculty, while optional, can be arranged at the request of the applicant 
  10. Three references: see Application for Graduate Admission for instructions (Step 3 - Complete an Application) 

PhD Music Education 

The following must be attached when submitting the Application for Graduate Admission:

Note: Doctoral music education applicants must have at least one degree in music education. 

  1. Résumé detailing evidence of at least three years of successful, full-time music teaching experience in elementary or secondary school, or both.
  2. Statement of Professional and Personal Goals 
  3. Scholarly writing sample
  4. Copies of concert or recital programs you have conducted. Elementary/General applicants may substitute a unit plan or four (4) lesson plan series. 
  5. Writing Prompt/Essay
  6. Recent video recording of K-12 music teaching and ensemble performances
  7. Audition Recording: upload to Application for Graduate Admission
  8. Interview with the music education faculty either remotely or in person. Please email the Music Education area head Dr. Melissa Brunkan to schedule an in-person or online interview.
  9. Three references:  see Application for Graduate Admission for instructions (Step 3 - Complete an Application) 

PhD Musicology 

The following must be attached when submitting the Application for Graduate Admission:

  1. Résumé
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. Two research or analysis papers in history or ethnomusicology
  4. Recent concert or recital programs (optional) 
  5. Optional. If you are interested in Historical Performance Practice, recent audio or video recordings of your performances. 
  6. Three references: see Application for Graduate Admission for instructions (Step 3 - Complete an Application)  

PhD Music Theory 

The following must be attached when submitting the Application for Graduate Admission:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Statement of Purpose describing your research interests and experience, your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in music theory, and your interest in the theory program at UO. 
  3. Two research papers, at least one of which should be music-theoretical and/or analytical in nature.
  4. Completed Preliminary Application for the music theory GE position: submit it as a PDF via email to Dr. Drew Nobile
  5. Interview with the music theory faculty either remotely or in person. You will be contacted by a music theory faculty member with instructions.
  6. Three references: see Application for Graduate Admission for instructions (Step 3 - Complete an Application) 

PhD Data-driven Music Performance & Composition

The following must be uploaded when submitting the Application for Graduate Admission: (Application for this PhD program will be available Nov 1)

  1. Résumé
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. Scholarly writing sample
  4. Recent concert or recital programs
  5. Intermedia Music Technology Statement 
  6. Intermedia Music Technology-related work summary
  7. Software/hardware experience
  8. Portfolio recordings: Upload at least three audio/video recordings of recent compositions to the Portfolio page of your application. Real-time performances with electronic or computer music instruments are preferred, but fixed media recordings are allowed.
  9. Three references:  see Application for Graduate Admission for instructions (Step 3 - Complete an Application) 

DMA Performance 

The following must be attached when submitting the Application for Graduate Admission:

  1. Résumé
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. Scholarly writing sample 
  4. Repertoire list
  5. Recent concert or recital programs
  6. Audition: either a live audition or a recording uploaded to Application for Graduate Admission. Please review the Graduate Audition Requirements for current audition requirements and procedures. Note that any student admitted on the basis of a recorded performance must perform a placement audition upon arrival on campus to begin studies.
  7. Three references: see Application for Graduate Admission for instructions (Step 3 - Complete an Application) 
  8. All saxophone, voice and piano performance applicants must submit a pre-screen audition recording by December 10. This recording should be uploaded to Application for Graduate Admission. Please review the Graduate Audition Requirements for details.

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STEP 3: COMPLETE AN APPLICATION 

Submit an online University of Oregon application for graduate admission and a non-refundable application fee: $70 domestic applicants; $90 (USD) international applicants.  

Graduate Application

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STEP 4: SEND YOUR TRANSCRIPTS 

A. All Applicants 

Applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities from which you received a bachelor's degree or any subsequent degree. Transcripts must show the title of the degree earned and the date the degree was conferred. Submit transcripts to the address below:

Office of the Registrar 
5257 University of Oregon 
Eugene, OR 97403-1217 USA 

If your degree institution offers official electronic copies sent by a secured provider (e.g. National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, Scrip Safe) you may have them sent directly to registrar@uoregon.edu

Additionally, School of Music and Dance admissions does require unofficial transcripts for degrees in progress, degrees conferred, and from institutions where a degree was not earned. Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to your graduate application. If you have difficulty uploading please email unofficial transcripts to SOMDadmit@uoregon.edu.

If you attended or are currently attending the University of Oregon, you do not need to send your University of Oregon transcript to the Office of Admissions.

B. Additional Information for International Applicants  

All international graduate applicants must have credentials that are equivalent to a U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree. These credentials must be received from an institution recognized by the country's educational body that oversees institutional approval, such as the Ministry of Education. If you earned a bachelor's degree or higher at an international institution, there may be additional documentation required.

  • Degree Certificates: Many international transcripts do not list the degree earned and the degree conferral date. In this case you must also submit official degree certificates
  • English Translations: If your international transcript and/or degree certificate is issued in a language other than English, we will need a certified word-for-word English translation of these documents. The translation must be mailed by the translating agency directly to the University of Oregon or issued by the translation agency to you in an envelope bearing the stamp, seal or official signature of the translating agency and placed in a larger envelope, unopened and mailed to the University of Oregon.

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STEP 5: ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS (INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS) 

Non-native English Speakers must fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of two ways:

  • Submit at the time of application a recent TOEFL/IELTS score (taken within two years of the application submission). The minimum acceptable TOEFL/IELTS scores for Doctoral applicants are a TOEFL score of 100 IBT (600 paper-based); or an IELTS score of 7.0. 
  • Possess a degree from specific English-speaking countries. Submit degree transcripts proving that you have received a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

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STEP 6: CONSIDER APPLYING FOR FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND FINANCIAL AID 

Visit the Graduate Employee Positions, Scholarships, and Financial Aid webpage. 

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