Audition/interview and application deadline is March 1.

Audition Dates for 2020-2021

  • Saturday, January 30, 2021
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
  • Saturday, February 27, 2021 (deadline for assistantship consideration)
  • Saturday, April 17, 2021

Applications must be submitted at least three weeks before your audition/interview date.

Conducting applicants: Audition dates will be emailed to you after you submit the Graduate College Application.

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

  • BGSU Graduate College Application
  • Scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official or notarized copies of transcripts from all institutions where a degree was earned (showing dates when the degrees were conferred) and diplomas from international institutions must be submitted.
  • $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.

Within the BGSU Graduate College Application, you will see the College of Musical Arts Secondary Application section, where you will request an audition date (or indicate recorded audition to be submitted), provide names and contact information for principal teachers, and indicate your preferences for assistantship consideration.

You do not need all of your application materials (see below) uploaded to submit your application. As long as the application is completely filled out you can submit the application and then go back to upload your application materials. Please submit your application as soon as possible.

Music Performance applicants must audition in person, unless the applicant resides more than 250 miles away from BGSU. In this case, an online submission through your Graduate College application will be accepted.

Music Education applicants must present an interview and submit the following online through your Graduate College application:

  • A 10-minute, video-taped performance on an instrument or voice.
  • A continuous 15-minute, video-taped teaching or rehearsal segment.
  • 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 online through your Graduate College application. To be considered for the Toledo Symphony Composition Scholarship, composition applicants must include a previously written work for orchestra and/or a large instrumental ensemble in their application portfolio.

Ethnomusicology, History and Theory applicants must submit two or three in-depth undergraduate papers. Music Theory applicants must submit an analysis paper. All papers can be submitted online through your Graduate College application.

To be considered for an assistantship in the master’s program:

  • Submit a résumé through your Graduate College application.
  • Attend a campus audition/interview, unless the candidate is not currently residing in the United States.

All applicants for music education assistantships must submit the following online through your Graduate College application:

  • 10-minute videotaped performance on an instrument or voice.
  • Continuous 15-minute videotaped teaching or rehearsal segment.

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.
  • See International Student Services for other requirements