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Masters programs in Music which do not require GRE - Updated 2022

University of Colorado Boulder: GRE scores are not required for admission, but can be helpful in determining merit-based financial aid.

University of Oregon: Step 1 Read These Important NoticesStep 2 Review Admission RequirementsStep 3 Complete An ApplicationStep 4 TranscriptsStep 5 GRE ScoresStep 6 English Language RequirementStep 7 Financial AidStep 8 Doctoral Supporting Area.IMPORTANT: Some degree programs require the submission of GRE scores.Doctoral Performance degrees do not require GRE scores.

Yale UniversityRanked 3 in Best National University.

School of Music

College description: A Law School Graduate Who Makes Beautiful Music. Justice Scalia and Justice Ginsburg, longtime colleagues and good friends, don’t share much in terms of jurisprudence but do share a love of opera. As it turns out, Wang is not only a composer but a law school graduate. After Derrick Wang graduated from Harvard College and the Yale School of Music, he entered law school at the University of Maryland.

A completed online application (for all degree and Fellowship programs) is due on Sunday, December 1, 2019 and must include ALL of the following items:

1. Online Application

2. $150 Application Fee

3. Prescreening Recordings

4. Résumé or CV

5. Letters of Recommendation (3)

6. Academic Transcripts

7. TOEFL Score (Non-Native English Speakers)

8. GRE Score (Composition Applicants Only)

Music graduate programs at Yale University

Michigan State UniversityRanked 85 in Best National University.

MSU College of Music

College description: Graduate Degree Music Theory Master of Music. General Requirements for Consideration for Admission to Master’s and Doctoral Degree Programs in the College of Music. Complete a Teaching Demonstration.

All applicants are required to submit an application for admission to the university AND to file the College of Music Supplemental Application.

The deadline to file the College of Music Supplemental Application is December 1. The MSU Office of Admissions has different deadlines. Undergraduate applicants should apply to MSU by November 1 to receive maximum consideration for academic scholarship.

Only applicants for the Master of Arts in Musicology are required to take the GRE (the Music subject test is not required).

Music graduate programs at Michigan State University

Manhattan School of Music


The online application deadline is December 1 for Classical, Jazz, Contemporary Performance, and Orchestral Performance. The application deadline is November 15 for Musical Theatre.

Late applications must be approved by the Office of Admissions. If approved, late applications will be assessed an additional $25 late fee.

The application fee is $125.00 USD. Current MSM and Precollege students, MSM alumni, and applicants to the Barnard/MSM Lesson Exchange Program pay a reduced fee of $50. All application fees are non-refundable.

SAT, ACT, or GRE scores are not required. Applicants to the undergraduate degree program who are home-schooled are required to provide MSM with comprehensive transcripts and a high school diploma (or its equivalent; e.g. GED, TASC, HiSET).

MSM no longer requires (but still highly recommends submission of TOEFL & IELTS) the TOEFL/IELTS. All applicants whose first language is not English will take an in-house English Assessment which will be given during our audition week.

University of Notre DameRanked 16 in Best National University.

Sacred Music

College description: The Master of Sacred Music Program purpose is to train professional musicians for work in Christian churches and to prepare those who desire it for the Doctorate in Musical Arts in performance or the PhD in music history, ethnomusicology or liturgics. Students are admitted with concentrations in organ, choral conducting or voice. Through a program of study that takes advantage of Notre Dame strengths in music performance, music history, music theory, and liturgical studies, graduates of the program develop high degrees of musical skill, as they also gain working knowledge of the worship lives of Christian congregations, integrating the artistic, scholarly and pastoral dimensions requisite for the profession. All students have internships, many in local churches or in the Notre Dame Children Choir.

The deadline for this program is Dec. 15

Application Materials:

1. GRE General Test recommended but not required

2. TOEFL or IELTS for non-native speakers of English

3. Curriculum vitae

4. Statement of intent

5. Three letters of recommendation

6. Audition materials

7. Applicant must hold a bachelor's degree in music (BM, BS, BA, or BME)

Music graduate programs at University of Notre Dame
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