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Doctor of Musical Arts in Contemporary Music

General Admission Requirements

Applicants for the DMA must have an earned master’s degree by August 2014 with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Students without a master’s degree may apply to the master’s program at Bowling Green State University. When the degree is completed, they may apply to the doctoral program. Students must also meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College and the College of Musical Arts.

Following the review of all application materials required by both the Graduate College and the College of Musical Arts, qualified applicants will be invited to campus February 24-26 for an audition and interview.

BGSU Graduate College Application Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program are asked to complete or send the following materials as required by the BGSU Graduate College. All application materials must be received by January 6, 2014 for fall semester 2014 admission.

Send to: The Graduate College
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0180

  1. BGSU Graduate College Application for Admissions
  2. Official Transcripts
    Two official transcripts from each college or university attended (except BGSU) must be requested and forwarded directly from the institution(s) to the Graduate College.
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. The BGSU Institution Code is 1069 and the Department Code is 2404.
  4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for International Student Applications. The BGSU Institution Code is 1069.
  5. Application Fee
    A one-time, non-refundable application fee of $45 (domestic applicants) or $75 (international applicants).

For complete information on applying to the BGSU Graduate College go to BGSU Graduate Admissions.

After you complete the BGSU Graduate College Application, you will receive a link to fill out the College of Musical Arts Secondary Application, where you will provide names and contact information for individuals writing letters of recommendation.

DMA Secondary Application Requirements

The following materials can be uploaded online after completing the DMA Secondary Application. College of Musical Arts DMA Application Materials must be received by Monday, January 6, 2014, for Fall Semester 2014 admission.

  1. Artistic materials

    Composition Specialization

    Three scores of recent compositions, one of which is for large ensemble or resources, with performance CDs or DVDs. CDs or DVDs may be mailed, or you can indicate online submission in the Secondary Application and provide URLs.

    Performance Specialization (conducting)

    A video or DVD recording representing music of the 20th/21st centuries and other periods such as Romantic or Classical. The tape must include portions of rehearsals and live performances. Including commissioned works or premieres is encouraged. A variety of ensembles is acceptable, but the tape must include some conducting work with the ensemble appropriate to the specific area of specialization, i.e., orchestra, wind ensemble/band, chorus. The video or DVD must be taped from the back of the ensemble, so that the conductor’s face is visible. DVDs may be mailed, or you can indicate online submission in the Secondary Application and provide URLs.

    Performance Specialization (instrumental or vocal)

    A 45–60 minute CD or DVD recording highlighting the candidate’s proficiency in contemporary music performance. Approximately 50–60 percent of the recording must be 20th/21st century literature with the remaining works from other historic periods; a concerto or concert aria with ensemble accompaniment may be included. Single movements are acceptable. Edited or commercial recordings are permitted (identify the recording process); include at least one live performance. Including commissioned works or premieres is encouraged. CDs or DVDs may be mailed, or you can indicate online submission in the Secondary Application and provide URLs.

  2. Curriculum vitae

    Include degrees earned, work experience, honors and awards, names of teachers and any other relevant information.

  3. Repertoire list

    Composition Specialization

    A list of all works composed with instrumentation and date of composition.

    Performance Specialization (conducting)

    A list of works performed, rehearsed and studied.

    Performance Specialization (instrumental or vocal)

    A list of works performed, studied, commissioned and premiered.

  4. Documentation of Composition or Performance Activity

    Submit a document, separate from the curriculum vitae, listing composition and/or performance activity within the past five years. Please give date and place of performance and provide a PDF of relevant programs, if available. Do not send programs only.

  5. Sample research paper

  6. Letters of Recommendation

    You will provide names and contact information for three references in the Secondary Application. These individuals will be sent an email link to upload the recommendation letter online.

College of Musical Arts DMA Application Materials must be received by Monday, January 6, 2014, for Fall Semester 2014 admission.

All materials not uploaded online can be sent to:

Dr. Marilyn Shrude, Director of Graduate Studies
DMA Graduate Admissions
College of Musical Arts
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0290

Email: mshrude@bgsu.edu
Phone: (419) 372-2182
Fax: (419) 372-2938

Following the review of all required application materials, qualified applicants will be invited to campus for an audition and interview. Every effort will be made to notify applicants by February 1. Travel costs are the responsibility of the applicant.

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of materials if desired.