Audition/interview and application deadline is March 1.

Audition Dates for 2016-2017

  • Saturday, December 3, 2016
  • Saturday, January 14, 2017
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 (deadline for assistantship consideration)
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017

Conducting applicants: Audition dates will be emailed to you after you submit the College of Musical Arts Secondary Application.

To be considered for admission to the master’s program, submit:

  • BGSU Graduate College Application
  • Official undergraduate transcript — one copy
    (must be sent directly from the institution to the Graduate College not issued to the student)
  • $45 domestic application fee and $75 international application fee
  • Scores from Graduate Record Exam (GRE) sent directly from testing company, General Test only, for students applying in Ethnomusicology, Music History and Music Theory. Not required for students applying in Music Performance, Music Composition, and Music Education.

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 request an audition date (or indicate recorded audition to be submitted), provide names and contact information for individuals writing letters of recommendation, and indicate your preferences for assistantship consideration.

(The link for the College of Musical Arts Secondary Application will be in the email from BGSU Office of Admission subject BGSU Online Application Received. If you scroll down, at the bottom it will give you the link and also your username. You must use the same username and password that you used for the Graduate College application.)  

After you complete the Secondary Application, you will receive a link to upload other application materials listed below.

Music Performance applicants must audition in person, unless the applicant resides more than 250 miles away from BGSU. In this case, a mailed DVD or online submission will be accepted.

Music Education applicants must present an interview and submit the following:

  • a 10-minute, video-taped performance on an instrument or voice (either mailed DVD or online submission).
  • a continuous 15-minute, video-taped teaching or rehearsal segment (either mailed DVD or online submission).
  • a writing sample - essay of no more than 1,000 words, reflecting on a successful or unsuccessful teaching moment experienced in a recent teaching setting. Include descriptions of the setting, your student(s), the learning goal(s), student performance, and the measure of success. Based on the outcome, outline an appropriate plan for the next lesson.

Music Composition applicants must submit scores and sound files of representative original works.

Ethnomusicology, History and Theory applicants must submit two or three in-depth undergraduate papers. Music Theory applicants must submit an analysis paper.

Assistantship applicants should submit a résumé and unofficial transcripts. Attend a campus audition/interview, unless the candidate is not currently residing in the United State.

All applicants for music education assistantships must submit the following:

  • 10-minute videotaped performance on an instrument or voice (either mailed DVD or online submission).
  • continuous 15-minute videotaped teaching or rehearsal segment (either mailed DVD or online submission).

International Students:

  • Must earn the following on the TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language: 550 on the paper-based version, 213 on the computer-based version or 80 on the internet-based version (iBT). Scores must be sent directly to the Graduate College from the testing company.
  • International students—please send all application materials directly to the College of Musical Arts attention Music Graduate Studies at the following address:

    College of Musical Arts
    Attn: Music Graduate Studies
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0290

  • See International Student Services for other requirements

All application materials not submitted online should be mailed to Sherri White at the address above.