Graduate Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the UNLV graduate music program. In order to gain admission into the Master of Music program, the following is required:

  • Application and admission into the Graduate College
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 or 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate study
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in music
  • Additional requirements depending upon program of study (see below)

In order to gain admission into the Doctor of Musical Arts program, the following is required:

  • Application and admission into the Graduate College
  • A master’s degree in music from a National Association of Music (NASM) accredited institution
  • Additional requirements depending upon program of study (see below)

Applications

To apply online, register for classes, and get general information about the Graduate College, please visit the Graduate College website.

There are different deadlines for international students and students who wish to apply for assistantships, which are also found on the Graduate College website. For any questions or inquiries, please call 702-895-3320.

Additional Program Requirements

While applying through the Graduate College, prospective students must also present credentials to the School of Music. Under the Program Information section of the online application, please be sure to list your specific concentration.

*The School of Music does not require GRE testing.

The following credentials should be uploaded to the Application Web portal:

Master of Music — Composition/Theory

  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from former instructors attesting to your ability to complete graduate work at an acceptable level (provided electronically under the Recommendations section of the online application).
  • A 500-word essay defining career goals and explaining how graduate studies in music will advance you toward these goals (uploaded electronically under "Personal Statement" in the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the online application).
  • A portfolio of compositions, including at least one work from three of the following categories: a) orchestra, band, or chorus; b) solo instrument and piano or for solo piano; c) string quartet, brass quintet, woodwind quintet, or other small ensembles; d) set of songs for solo voice and piano; e) original composition scored for jazz ensemble. Additional works may be included (may be uploaded electronically under "Other documents" in the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the online application or mailed directly to the composition faculty, cynthia.wong@unlv.edu.

Master of Music — Conducting

The Master of Music degree in Conducting includes studies in conducting, performance, music history, and music theory, and prepares musicians with career aspirations as orchestral or wind conductors.

  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from former instructors attesting to your ability to complete graduate work at an acceptable level (provided electronically under the Recommendations section of the online application).
  • A 500-word essay defining career goals and explaining how graduate studies in music will advance you toward these goals (uploaded electronically under "Personal Statement" in the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the online application).
  • Evidence of successful completion of an undergraduate degree in Music Education or the equivalent unofficial transcripts, teaching license, etc. (uploaded electronically in the graduate in the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the online application). Scanned PDF files or photocopies are acceptable for probationary admission until official copies have been received by the Graduate College.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • A videotape or DVD of a rehearsal and performance under the applicant’s direction sent to the School of Music. Please indicate area of conducting interest: Choral, Orchestra, or Wind Band.
  • An on-campus performance audition
  • For further information, please contact Thomas Leslie at thomas.leslie@unlv.edu.

Master of Music — Jazz Composition/Theory

  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from former instructors attesting to your ability to complete graduate work at an acceptable level (provided electronically under the Recommendations section of the online application).
  • A 500-word essay defining career goals and explaining how graduate studies in music will advance you toward these goals (uploaded electronically under "Personal Statement" in the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the online application).
  • Applicants for the UNLV Master of Music in Jazz Composition/Theory Degree Program must submit three jazz compositions and/or arrangements in three contrasting instrumentations (jazz quartet, jazz chamber group and large jazz ensemble) and in various styles (swing, straight-eighth, jazz ballad or jazz waltz) demonstrating an attainment of proficiency expected for an undergraduate terminal recital in jazz composition/theory and arranging. All other requirements for admission to the UNLV Program, listed in the current UNLV Graduate Catalog, must be satisfied as documented by the UNLV Graduate College and The UNLV School of Music. For more information, contact David Loeb at dave.loeb@unlv.edu.

Master of Music — Jazz Instrumental or Vocal Performance

  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from former instructors attesting to your ability to complete graduate work at an acceptable level (provided electronically under the Recommendations section of the online application).
  • A 500-word essay defining career goals and explaining how graduate studies in music will advance you toward these goals (uploaded electronically under "Personal Statement" in the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the online application).
  • An on-campus performance audition

Master of Music — Music Education

  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from former instructors attesting to your ability to complete graduate work at an acceptable level (provided electronically under the Recommendations section of the online application).
  • A 500-word essay on your philosophy of music education (uploaded electronically under "Personal Statement" in the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the online application).
  • Evidence of successful completion of an undergraduate degree in Music Education or the equivalent unofficial transcripts, teaching license, etc. (uploaded electronically in the graduate in the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the online application). Scanned PDF files or photocopies are acceptable for probationary admission until official copies have been received by the Graduate College.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • For students applying for the Graduate Licensure Program, PPST I (Praxis I) scores should be mailed directly to the Music Graduate Coordinator, Jennifer Grim, at jennifer.grim@unlv.edu or 702-895-5849.

Master of Music — Performance Studies

  • A 500-word essay defining career goals and explaining how graduate studies in music will advance you toward these goals (uploaded electronically under "Personal Statement" in the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the online application).
  • An on-campus performance audition.
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from former instructors attesting to your ability to complete graduate work at an acceptable level (provided electronically under the Recommendations section of the online application).

Doctor of Musical Arts — Performance Studies

To be eligible for admission to the UNLV School of Music, prospective students must have:

  • A master's degree in music from an NASM accredited institution.
  • At least three confidential letters of recommendation from faculty addressing your ability to succeed at the doctoral level academically, musically, and professionally (provided electronically under the Recommendations section of the online application).
  • A 500-word statement of purpose. You must explain your interests and goals relevant to continued study at the doctoral level (uploaded electronically under "Personal Statement" in the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the online application).
  • A successful on-campus audition.

Application and Audition Deadlines

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Application Deadline May 1 November 15 May 15
Audition Deadline April 15 October 15 April 15
GA/PTIGA Application Deadline March 1 N/A N/A
GA/PTIGA Audition Deadline March 1 N/A N/A
  • Get specific information about degree requirements and the curriculum of the school.

  • Submit the GA application form if you are interested in applying for a graduate assistantship. You must also upload a current version of your curriculum vitae under “Resume/Curriculum Vitae” in the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the online application. The deadline for applications for assistantships is always March 1.

Placement Exams

Prior to registration, all graduate students must take placement examinations in music history, theory, and aural skills/sight singing, regardless of their area of concentration. Passing scores on these exams, or passing grades in the appropriate history or theory review courses (B or above), are required before students may enroll in graduate-level history and theory courses. Credit for review courses will not be applied toward the degree.

Successful completion of MUS 690, bibliography, with a minimum grade of B, is a prerequisite for all graduate-level music history classes.

Contact Info

The liaison between the Graduate College and the School of Music is the Admissions and Records Assistant. For specific information about degree progress, student records, or transcript information, contact the Graduate College at 702-895-3320.