Doctoral Admission and Application Requirements

The following doctoral progams require the submission of GRE scores:

  • Composition
  • Music Education
  • Musicology
  • Music Theory

Performance programs do not require GRE scores.

Any student admitted to a graduate program in music at the University of Oregon must currently possess the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree. A student accepted without an undergraduate degree in music may be admitted. Previous coursework will be audited and the student may be required to complete a series of undergraduate music courses.

In addition to the general requirements outlined on the Graduate Admissions webpage, applicants must submit the supplemental materials listed below for their intended program of study. If your program requires an audition, please review the Graduate Audition Requirements for detailed information.

Doctoral music students must complete a supporting area in addition to their primary area of study. Most doctoral students will apply to their supporting area during their first year. Those applying to Choral Conducting or Violin and Viola Pedagogy supporting areas must apply at the time of their primary applications (December 10), using the doctoral supporting area application.

PhD applicants in Composition must choose one of the following as a supporting area: musicology, ethnomusicology, intermedia music technology, music education, or music theory. 

PLEASE NOTE THE GRADUATE MUSIC ADMISSIONS APPLICATION WILL BECOME AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 15, 2017.

Link to: Application for Graduate Admission

Primary Areas of Study

DMA and PhD Composition

  1. Résumé: attach to application for graduate admission
  2. Statement of Purpose: attach to application for graduate admission
  3. Scholarly writing sample: attach to application for graduate admission
  4. Evidence of live performance of your works: attach to application for graduate admission
  5. List of compositions: attach to application for graduate admission
  6. List of performances of compositions: attach to application for graduate admission
  7. Scores of original works for large and small ensembles that demonstrate marked ability and technical skill in composition: submit via the admissions file upload webpage
  8. Audio or video recordings of compositions: submit via the admissions file upload webpage
  9. An interview with a member of the composition faculty, while optional, can be arranged at the request of the applicant
  10. Three references (see application for instructions)

PhD Music Education

Note: Doctoral music education applicants must have at least one degree in music education.

  1. Résumé detailing evidence of at least three years of successful, full-time music teaching experience in elementary or secondary school, or both: attach to application for graduate admission
  2. Statement of Professional and Personal Goals: attach to application for graduate admission
  3. Scholarly writing sample: attach to application for graduate admission
  4. Copies of concert or recital programs you have conducted. Elementary/General applicants may substitute a sample curriculum in lieu or concert/recital programs: attach to application for graduate admission
  5. Recent video recording of K-12 music teaching and ensemble performances: submit via the admissions file upload webpage
  6. An on-campus interview with members of the music education faculty. Please email the Music Education area head Dr. Jason Silveira to schedule and in-person or online interview.
  7. Three references (see application for instructions)

PhD Musicology

  1. Résumé: attach to application for graduate admission
  2. Statement of Purpose: attach to application for graduate admission
  3. Two research or analysis papers in history or ethnomusicology: attach to application for graduate admission
  4. Recent concert or recital programs (optional): attach to application for graduate admission
  5. Optional. If you are interested in Historical Performance Practice, recent audio or video recordings of your performances: submit via the admissions file upload webpage
  6. Three references (see application for instructions)

PhD Music Theory

  1. Curriculum Vitae: attach to application for graduate admission
  2. Statement of Purpose: attach to application for graduate admission
  3. Two scholarly writing samples exemplifying your scholarship and ability to develop a single, coherent line of reasoning and your ability to analyze tonal or atonal music or both: attach to application for graduate admission
  4. Recent concert or recital programs (optional): attach to application for graduate admission
  5. Take the Preliminary Written Exam for the Music Theory GE, a written test designed to evaluate your part-writing and analysis skills: download the exam, complete it, scan it, and email it to Dr. Jack Boss with the subject line: "Completed Preliminary GE Exam."
  6. Interview with the music theory faculty via Skype or in person. You will be contacted by a music theory faculty member with instructions. 
  7. Three references (see application for instructions)

DMA Performance

  1. Résumé: attach to application for graduate admission
  2. Statement of Purpose: attach to application for graduate admission
  3. Scholarly writing sample: attach to application for graduate admission
  4. Repertoire list: attach to application for graduate admission
  5. Recent concert or recital programs: attach to application for graduate admission
  6. Audition: either a live audition or a recording submitted via the admissions file upload webpage. Please review the Graduate Audition Requirements for current audition requirements and procedures.
  7. Three references (see application for instructions)

All saxophone applicants must submit a preliminary audition recording by December 10. This recording should be submitted via the admissions file upload webpage. Please review the Graduate Audition Requirements for details.

Note that any student admitted on the basis of a recorded performance must perform a placement audition upon arrival on campus to begin studies.

Supporting Areas of Study

Link to: Doctoral Supporting Area Application (Choral Conducting and Violin and Viola Pedagogy only; all others inquire at the SOMD Graduate Office)

Doctoral music students must complete a supporting area in addition to their primary area of study. Most doctoral students will apply to their supporting area during their first year. Those applying to Choral Conducting or Violin and Viola Pedagogy supporting areas must apply at the time of their primary application (December 10).

Supporting Area in Collaborative Piano

  1. Repertoire list
  2. Live audition: please review the Graduate Audition Requirements.  

Supporting Area in Composition

  1. List of compositions
  2. List of performances of compositions
  3. Scores of original works for large and small ensembles that demonstrate marked ability and technical skill in composition
  4. Audio or video recordings of compositions

Supporting Area in Conducting

Emphasis in Choral, Orchestral, or Wind Ensemble. Supporting area applications for choral conducting are due December 10; all others during the first year of study.

  1. Recent concert or recital programs you have conducted: attach to supporting area application
  2. Evidence of two years of successful conducting experience: attach to supporting area application
  3. A preliminary audition recording: submit via the admissions file upload webpage. Please review the Graduate Audition Requirements for detailed requirements for each emphasis.
  4. Live audition and interview (if invited to campus following review of your preliminary recorded audition). Again, please review the Graduate Audition Requirements for details. 

Supporting Area in Intermedia Music Technology (IMT)

  1. Intermedia Music Technology Statement
  2. Intermedia Music Technology-related work summary
  3. Software/hardware experience
  4. Three portfolio recordings

Please visit the Future Music Oregon external website, which contains comprehensive program information.

Supporting Area in Jazz Studies

Emphasis in Instrumental Performance or Composition/Arranging

  1. Repertoire list
  2. Live audition: please review the Graduate Audition Requirements for details.
  3. In addition, for Jazz Composition and Arranging emphasis, submit two representative scores and recordings of arrangements and/or compositions for jazz ensemble. At least one of these pieces should be scored for a large ensemble (ten or more performers).

Supporting Area in Multiple Woodwinds

  1. Repertoire list
  2. Live audition: please review the Graduate Audition Requirements for details.

Supporting Area in Music Education

Note: Candidates must hold at least one degree in music education.

  1. Résumé detailing evidence of at least two years of successful full-time music teaching experience in elementary or secondary school, or both: attach to application
  2. Copies of concert or recital programs you have conducted. Elementary/General specialists may substitute a sample curriculum in lieu of concert/recital progarms: attach to application
  3. Recent video recording of K-12 music teaching and ensemble performances: submit via the admissions file upload webpage
  4. An on-campus interview with members of the music education faculty.

Supporting Area in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, or Historical Performance Practice

  1. Statement of Purpose: this should describe your reasons for wanting to enroll in this supporting area. This statement should be distinct from the one you submitted for general admission.
  2. Two research or analysis papers in history or ethnomusicology
  3. Optional. If you are interested in Historical Performance Practice, arrange audition with musicology faculty.

Supporting Area in Music Theory

  1. Two scholarly writing samples exemplifying your scholarship and ability to develop a single, coherent line of reasoning and your ability to analyze tonal or atonal music or both

Supporting Area in Performance

  1. Repertoire list
  2. Live audition: please review the Graduate Audition Requirements for details.

Supporting Area in Piano Pedagogy

  1. Repertoire list
  2. Live audition: please review the Graduate Audition Requirements for details.

Supporting Area in Violin and Viola Pedagogy

  1. Résumé/curriculum vitae, emphasizing teacher training and experience: attach to supporting area application. This résumé is separate from the one requested for general admission.
  2. Statement of Purpose: one to two pages that describes (a) the applicant's experience with teaching and/or working with children ages preschool through high school, as well as students at the college level; (b) the applicant's experience in working as part of a team, on a music teaching staff or otherwise; and (c) the applicant's reason for wanting to enroll in this degree program and what motivates his or her desire to teach. This statement is in addition to the one requested for general admission. Attach to supporting area application.
  3. Video recording of teaching, preferably in both group and private string instruction settings, no less than 30 minutes in length: submit via the admissions file upload webpage. This requirement may be waived if the applicant has no prior teaching experience.