Application Process

1. Read through the Frequently Asked Questions page.

2. Apply to the Graduate School using the online form.
Click here to begin or resume your online application

3. Submit any supporting application materials required for your degree.
See the charts below for information specific to your degree program. All materials should be mailed to:

    Graduate Program Coordinator
    Department of Music
    3304 Staller Center, Stony Brook University
    Stony Brook, New York 11794-5475

4. Performance students need to complete and mail an audition form.
Click here to visit the audition information page

Note: We prefer all application materials be sent together, including sealed recommendations letters and transcripts. If you are unable to send everything at once, make sure supporting materials come properly identified with your name and area of study. Test scores such as GRE and TOEFL must be sent electronically.

Deadline

The deadline for receipt of applications and all supporting materials for Fall 2014 admission is December 1, 2013.  The Department of Music does not accept applications for the Spring semester.

Supporting Materials

M.A. (History/Theory) Ph.D. (History/Theory)
1) Application (online only) 
2) Application Fee (paid online)
3) 2-3 Essays*
4) Official transcripts from each college/university attended
5) letters of recommendation
6) GRE scores
7) TOEFL (if applicable)†
1) Application (online only) 
2) Application Fee (paid online)
3) 2-3 Essays*
4) Official transcripts from each college/university attended
5) Three (3) letters of recommendation
6) GRE scores
7) TOEFL (if applicable) †
M.A. (Composition) Ph.D. (Composition)
1) Application (online only) 
2) Application Fee (paid online)
3) Sample Compositions with recordings
4) Official transcripts from each college/university attended
5) Three (3) letters of recommendation
6) GRE scores
7) TOEFL (if applicable) †
1) Application (online only) 
2) Application Fee (paid online)
3) Sample Compositions with recordings
4) Official transcripts from each college/university attended
5) Three (3) letters of recommendation
6) GRE scores
7) TOEFL (if applicable) †
M.M. (Performance) DMA (Performance)
1) Application (online only) 
2) Application Fee (paid online)
3) Official transcripts from each college/university attended
4) Three (3) letters of recommendation
5) TOEFL (if applicable) †
6) Audition Form
7) Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Violin, and Voice: send a preliminary recording**
1) Application (online only) 
2) Application Fee (paid online)
3) Two (2) writing samples***
4) Official transcripts from each college/university attended
5) Three (3) letters of recommendation
6) TOEFL (if applicable) †
7) Audition Form
8) Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Violin, and Voice: send a preliminary recording**


* 2-3 original essays in music research, analysis or criticism. In addition to these, you may send papers on other subjects if you think that they support some aspect of your application for admission. Please limit your essays to those that exemplify your best work

** ALL Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Violin and Voice applicants MUST send a preliminary recording in order to be invited to a live audition (both MM and DMA). All Pre-Screening Materials are due December 1, 2013.

*** Submit two original essays in music research, analysis, or criticism that demonstrate your ability to carry out scholarly work in music. The papers, typically generated in prior course work, should be at least ten pages in length and demonstrate knowledge of proper bibliographic citation practices.

† ANY student indicating ANY language other than English as their first/native language will be required to submit a TOEFL score. This score must be submitted directly from ETS electronically. Copies of your results are not acceptable. The test must be no more than two years old at the time of application.  There are NO automatic TOEFL waivers, however, MM applicants who have a masters or bachelor's degree from an English-speaking institution may request a waiver in writing at the time of application.

for more information, please contact:
music.gradadmissions@stonybrook.edu
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