Doctoral Admission and Application Requirements

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Step 1 - Read These Important Notices
Step 2 - Review Admission Requirements
Step 3 - Complete An Application
Step 4 - Transcripts
Step 5 - English Language Requirement
Step 6 - Financial Aid
 

STEP 1: READ THESE IMPORTANT NOTICES PERTAINING TO DOCTORAL APPLICANTS

IMPORTANT: Graduate Degrees in Music at the University of Oregon do NOT require the submission of GRE scores.

PLEASE NOTE: All students admitted to a graduate music program at the University of Oregon must possess the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree. Students without an undergraduate degree in music can sometimes be admitted, however, previous coursework will be audited and the student may be required to complete additional undergraduate music courses which can extend the length of the time needed to complete the degree and increase costs.

STEP 2: CAREFULLY REVIEW THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR DEGREE PROGRAM

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 Graduate Admission for instructions
    (Step 3 - Complete an Application

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. Interview with the music education faculty either remotely or in person. Please email the Music Education area head Dr. Melissa Brunkan to schedule an in-person or online interview.
  7. Three references: see Application for Graduate Admission for instructions
    (Step 3 - Complete an Application)

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 Graduate Admission for instructions
    (Step 3 - Complete an Application

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. Stephen Rodgers with the subject line: "Completed Preliminary GE Exam."
  6. Interview with the music theory faculty either remotely or in person. You will be contacted by a music theory faculty member with instructions. 
  7. Three references: see Application for Graduate Admission for instructions
    (Step 3 - Complete an Application

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. Note that any student admitted on the basis of a recorded performance must perform a placement audition upon arrival on campus to begin studies.
  7. Three references: see Application for Graduate Admission for instructions
    (Step 3 - Complete an Application

All saxophone and voice 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.

 

STEP 3: COMPLETE AN APPLICATION

Submit an online University of Oregon application for graduate admission and a non-refundable application fee: $70 domestic applicants; $90 (USD) international applicants. 

Link to: Application For Graduate Admission

 

STEP 4: SEND YOUR TRANSCRIPTS

A. All Applicants

Applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities from which you received a bachelor's degree or any subsequent degree. Transcripts must show the title of the degree earned and the date the degree was conferred. Transcripts are  to be submitted to the address below:

Office of the Registrar
5257 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217 USA

If your degree institution offers official electronic copies sent by a secured provider (e.g. National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, Scrip Safe) you may have them sent directly to registrar@uoregon.edu

Additionally, School of Music and Dance admissions does require unofficial transcripts for degrees in progress, degrees conferred, and from institutions where a degree was not earned. Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to your graduate application. If you have difficulty uploading please email unofficial transcripts to SOMDadmit@uoregon.edu.

If you attended or are currently attending the University of Oregon, you do not need to send your University of Oregon transcript to the Office of Admissions.

B. Additional Information for International Applicants 

All international graduate applicants must have credentials that are equivalent to a U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree. These credentials must be received from an institution recognized by the country's educational body that oversees institutional approval, such as the Ministry of Education. If you earned a bachelor's degree or higher at an international institution, there may be additional documentation required.

  • Degree Certificates: Many international transcripts do not list the degree earned and the degree conferral date. In this case you must also submit official degree certificates
  • English Translations: If your international transcript and/or degree certificate is issued in a language other than English, we will need a certified word-for-word English translation of these documents. The translation must be mailed by the translating agency directly to the University of Oregon or issued by the translation agency to you in an envelope bearing the stamp, seal or official signature of the translating agency and placed in a larger envelope, unopened and mailed to the University of Oregon.

STEP 5: ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS (INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS)

Non-native English Speakers must fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of two ways:

  • Submit at the time of application a recent TOEFL/IELTS score (taken within two years of the application submission). The minimum acceptable TOEFL/IELTS scores for Doctoral applicants are a TOEFL score of 100 IBT (600 paper-based); or an IELTS score of 7.0. We are temporarily accepting Duolingo English Test score for admission through Fall 2022. Minimum Score: 115.
  • Possess a degree from specific English-speaking countries. Submit degree transcripts proving that you have received a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

STEP 6: CONSIDER APPLYING FOR FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND FINANCIAL AID

Visit the Graduate Employee Positions, Scholarships, and Financial Aid webpage.