Graduate Studies in MUSIC
- MUS: Master of Arts in Music or Master of Science in Music
- MUSC: Master of Music in Conducting
- MUSP: Master of Music in Performance
- JZST: Master of Music in Jazz Studies
- NEW: Master of Arts or Science in Three Summers
Graduate Audition Requirements
Although live auditions are preferred, recorded auditions may be submitted with your online School of Music Application. Some Master of Music programs do require that you audition in person. If you do not choose to upload an audition, you will be scheduled for an in-person audition. Graduate Auditions should include at least 20 minutes of material. Your application to the School of Music will not be finalized until you have completed your audition.
- Conducting Entrance Requirements
- Piano Area Audition Requirements: Master of Music Applicants / Master of Arts or Science Applicants
- For all other Graduate Audition Requirements, please contact the appropriate Area Coordinator
Graduate Admission Requirements
For admission to the School of Music Graduate Program, the student must hold a bachelor's degree representing a course of study equivalent to that pursued by PSU undergraduates in Music. Students applying for a Master of Music degree in either Performance or Conducting must complete an interview and audition. Students applying to either the Master of Arts in Music or Master of Science in Music program must complete an interview and submit one of the following as part of their application process: a History Paper, a Theory Paper (descriptive analysis or composition), an Audition Performance demonstrating mastery at the MUP 490 level or a Teaching Certificate.
In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission into graduate study at the University, each student must successfully take the music placement examination prepared by and administered in the School of Music. The placement examination must be passed or the recommended review course must be passed with a grade of B or better before a student may enroll in a graduate history or theory course.
Admission to the School of Music's Graduate Program requires a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 for admission. An applicant with 9 or more graduate credits must have a cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.0, and this GPA would supersede the undergraduate GPA. For continuation in the program, students are required to be in good academic standing, maintaining a 3.00 GPA for all graduate coursework taken at PSU and a term GPA of at least 2.67 each term.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships
A limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available through the School of Music each year. GTAs will receive a $3000 per term tuition remission for the academic year (Fall, Winter and Spring) and a monthly stipend. The Application for Graduate Teaching Assistantships is part of the Online Application process, and the deadline for those seeking a Graduate Teaching Assistantship is February 15.
Graduate Forms & Resources
- GM-1 Master of Music Audition Form
- GM-2 JZST Master of Music in Jazz Studies Degree Plan
- GM-2 MUS Master of Arts/Science in Music Degree Plan
- GM-2 MUSC Master of Music in Conducting Degree Plan
- GM-2 MUSP Master of Music in Performance Degree Plan
- GM-3 School of Music Petition Form
- GM-4 Graduate Student Advisory Committee Checklist for Recital/Project
- GM-5 Master of Music Oral Exit Exam Form
- GO-15 Validation of Out-of-Date Graduate Credit for Master's Degrees Form
- GO-16M Appointment of Final Oral Examination Committee Form
- GO-17 Masters Recommendation for the Degree Form
- GO-19 Request for Change of Major Form
- GO-21M Proposed Transfer Credit Form
- Graduate Student Flowchart
- M.A./M.S. Project Guidelines and Timelines
- Application for Awarding of Master's or Doctoral Degree
- University Graduate Petition Form
- Overload Approval Form
- Annual Projected Graduate Courses
- Graduate Placement Exam Information
- Graduate M.A./M.S. Written Exit Exam Information
- Music Teaching Certificate Information
Please visit our Admissions page for more information about how to apply.
For general information such as language requirements, deadlines, policies, and procedures for graduate students at Portland State University, visit the Office of Graduate Studies website.