When applying for graduate study in the Department of Music, applicants should comply with all requirements on the Department of Music website regarding graduate admission. Do not apply to the Howard University Graduate School or reference its requirements, policies or deadlines.
Prerequisites. All applicants to the graduate program in music must have earned either a BA, BS or BM degree in music granted by an accredited college or university. Applicants to the Music Education Master’s program must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited music program with a completed major equivalent to certification by a state agency to teach music (K-12).
The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of no lower than 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale and a GPA of no lower than 3.0 in all major field courses for admission consideration.
All applications for graduate study must be approved by the Department of Music's Executive Committee. Any additional prerequisites will be determined after evaluation of the applicant's transcripts and entrance examinations. The Department of Music reserves the right to require any additional tests, performances, and/or interviews deemed necessary to fully evaluate an applicant or to determine his/her Graduate Certifications.
Application. The requirements for admission to the Department of Music graduate program are:
1. A successful audition (see below); and
2. Timely submission of all required admissions materials, including:
- the GradCAS Application for Graduate Study;
- a non-refundable $99 application fee to be paid online through the application website;
- an official transcript from each college or university attended;
- three (3) letters of recommendation uploaded to your online application;
- an Autobiographical Sketch (personal biography); and
- a Statement of Academic and Research Interest.
Additional requirements for Music Education candidates are:
- a phone interview with a faculty member in the music education area;
- two (2) letters of recommendation only; one from the student’s student teaching cooperating teacher and one from the student’s music education professor;
- a copy of the PRAXIS Music Content Exam score; and
- one year of teaching is preferred but not required.
For those wishing to major or minor in performance, one of the three letters of recommendation must come from the most recent instructor in voice/instrument. Performance major applicants must also submit a complete list of compositions in their repertory.
Application Deadlines. All applications must be submitted online via the GradCAS website.
The deadlines for receipt of all application materials are:
- November 15 for admission in the Spring semester;
- November 15 for Early Action for admission in the Fall semester; and
- April 1 for regular action for admission in the Fall semester.
Audition. With the exception of recent Howard University music alumni (see below), all graduate applicants are required to pass an entrance audition before admission to the program. The audition is of primary importance for admission to music graduate study.
Howard University Department of Music undergraduate alumni applying to the graduate program within two years after graduation may submit a copy of the program of their undergraduate senior recital to the Chair of the Committee on Graduate Studies for consideration in lieu of the entrance audition.
All performance major applicants are auditioned during the semester before that in which they plan to enroll. Generally, auditions are held on campus according to a published schedule, but special appointments may be arranged when necessary. When an in-person audition is not feasible, an applicant may request permission to submit a recorded audition.
It is the applicant's responsibility to contact the appropriate Performance Area Coordinator prior to published audition dates to schedule an audition. Please download and complete an audition form and bring it with you to your audition.
On-campus auditions for admission in Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 are scheduled as follows:
Saturday, October 26, 2019 – for admission in Spring 2020 and Early Decision for admission in Fall 2020
Saturday, January 25, 2020 – for admission in Fall 2020
Saturday, February 1, 2020 (alternate in case of inclement weather on January 25)
Saturday, March 7, 2020 – for admission in Fall 2020