Application Process

1. Read through the Frequently Asked Questions page.

2. All applicants must complete the application through the SBU Graduate School application online service (ApplyYourself).  Please access that system here:
Click here to begin or resume your online application

3. The Department of Music requires supporting materials from potential students applying to one of the three Graduate Programs:  Performance, History/Theory or Composition.  All supporting materials to be submitted by the applicant MUST be submitted through Decision Desk, an online arts-oriented application system.  Please go to: Decision Desk.


The charts below provide specific information on the supporting materials required for an application, all of which must be submitted through the Decision Desk website.


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


Deadline

The deadline for receipt of applications and all supporting materials for Fall 2015 admission is December 1, 2014.  The Department of Music does not accept applications for the Spring semester.

Supporting Materials

M.A. (History/Theory) Ph.D. (History/Theory)
1) Application - submitted through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself) 
2) Application Fee - paid through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself) 
3) 2 Essays* - submitted through Decision Desk
4) Transcripts from each college/university attended - submitted through Decision Desk; Official transcripts to be mailed to department
5) Three (3) letters of recommendation  - recommenders submit through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself) 
6) GRE scores - have ETS send scores to Stony Brook University (use code 2548)
7) TOEFL (if applicable)† -  have ETS send scores to Stony Brook University (use code 2548)
1) Application - submitted through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself)  
2) Application Fee - paid through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself) 
3) 2 Essays* - submitted through Decision Desk
4)Transcripts from each college/university attended - submitted through Decision Desk; Official transcripts to be mailed to department
5) Three (3) letters of recommendation recommenders submit through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself) 
6) GRE scoreshave ETS send scores to Stony Brook University (use code 2548)
7) TOEFL (if applicable)† - have ETS send scores to Stony Brook University (use code 2548)
M.A. (Composition) Ph.D. (Composition)
1) Applicationsubmitted through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself)  
2) Application Fee - paid through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself)
3) Sample Compositions with recordings - submitted through Decision Desk
4) Transcripts from each college/university attended - submitted through Decision Desk; Official transcripts to be mailed to department
5) Three (3) letters of recommendation  - recommenders submit through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself) 
6) GRE scores - have ETS send scores to Stony Brook University (use code 2548)
7) TOEFL (if applicable)† - have ETS send scores to Stony Brook University (use code 2548)
1) Applicationsubmitted through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself)  
2) Application Fee - paid through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself) 
3) Sample Compositions with recordings - submitted through Decision Desk
4) Transcripts from each college/university attended - submitted through Decision Desk; Official transcripts to be mailed to department
5) Three (3) letters of recommendation recommenders submit through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself) 
6) GRE scoreshave ETS send scores to Stony Brook University (use code 2548)
7) TOEFL (if applicable)† have ETS send scores to Stony Brook University (use code 2548)
M.M. (Performance) DMA (Performance)
1) Applicationsubmitted through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself)  
2) Application Fee - paid through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself)
3) Transcripts from each college/university attended - submitted through Decision Desk; Official transcripts to be mailed to department
4) Three (3) letters of recommendation - recommenders submit through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself) 
5) TOEFL (if applicable) † have ETS send scores to Stony Brook University (use code 2548)
6) Audition Form - emailed to music.gradadmissions@stonybrook.edu
7) Pre-Screening: Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Violin, and Voice: send a pre-screen recording**
1) Applicationsubmitted through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself) 
2) Application Fee - paid through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself)
3) Two (2) writing samples*** - submitted through Decision Desk
4) Transcripts from each college/university attended - submitted through Decision Desk; Official transcripts to be mailed to department
5) Three (3) letters of recommendation recommenders submit through Graduate School application system (ApplyYourself) 
6) TOEFL (if applicable) † have ETS send scores to Stony Brook University (use code 2548)
7) Audition Form - emailed to music.gradadmissions@stonybrook.edu
8) Pre-Screening: Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Violin, and Voice: send a pre-screen 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 pre-screen recording in order to be invited to a live audition (both MM and DMA). All Pre-Screening Materials are due December 1, 2014.

*** 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 (have ETS submit the scores to Stony Brook University using the code 2548). 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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