Master's applicants must submit a complete Temple University application, fee and supporting materials. The checklist for all master's programs is below. Please be sure to read through the additional program-specific materials.

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    Standardized tests (GRE or MAT) are NOT required.

    All transcripts for music applicants should be emailed (preferred) to boyer@temple.edu OR mailed to the following address.
    Lydia Veilleux
    Temple University
    Boyer College of Music and Dance
    2001 N. 13th St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19122

    All transcripts for dance applicants should be emailed (preferred) to dance@temple.edu OR mailed to the following address.
    Norma Porter
    Temple University
    Boyer College of Music and Dance
    1700 N. Broad St., 3rd floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19122

    Additional Requirements for International Applicants

    An English language test score is required for all applicants who have not completed a bachelor's degree in an English-based curriculum. Learn more about Score Reporting for Tests of Academic English.

    Program Admissions Requirements

    MA Dance

    MFA Dance

    MM Choral Conducting

    • Prescreening and audition: View prescreening/audition requirements.
    • Application, supporting materials, and prescreening recording must be received by December 1 for Fall semester admission consideration.

    MM Composition

    Submit my Composition Portfolio

    • Applicants must submit a composition portfolio including PDF composition scores via Acceptd. Recordings can supplement the scores.
    • If an applicant has enrolled in the Seminar in Composition prior to their application for formal admission to the program in Composition, the work accomplished there may serve to meet this entrance requirement, if satisfactory.

    MM Instrumental Conducting

    • Three letters of recommendation written by people familiar with your conducting and teaching
    • Prescreening and audition: View prescreening/audition requirements.
    • Written Analysis: Applicants must upload to Acceptd a written score analysis of Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Aldridge Grainger (edited by Frederick Fennell). Please include all six movements in your analysis. While there is no prescriptive length, the paper should be of sufficient length to cover the task at hand, including form, text, and melodic and harmonic analysis as appropriate.
    • All application materials (including three letters of recommendation, transcripts, resume, and prescreening recording) must be received by December 1 for Fall semester admission consideration.

    MM Music Education

    • Required Coursework: Previously completed coursework must be the equivalent of a bachelor of music degree at Temple University (124-136 hrs). Applicants must hold a completed degree in Music Education.
    • Certification: Applicants must be certified to teach by at least one state in the US. A copy of the teaching certificate must be submitted.
    • Academic and Musical Profile (AMP) - Performance: Applicants must submit a digital video (no more than 15 minutes) via Acceptd of representative instruction episodes that adequately demonstrate both teaching skills and musicianship. The recording may include any type of music teaching. Applicants should include a brief written narrative explaining the contents of the video. SUBMIT MY AMP - Performance
    • Academic and Musical Profile (AMP) - Written: The applicant will have 90 minutes to demonstrate writing skills and general knowledge about music education. The exam is scored by Music Education faculty members. Results are considered in the admissions decision. Additional coursework may be required to remediate inadequacies.
    • Additional Materials: Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit any additional information that will help the faculty in the admission decision; items may include, but are not limited to, digital recordings of compositions or arrangements, recordings of performance groups, lesson or rehearsal plans, curriculum development material, and recital performance recordings.
    • Interview: After the application is complete, the applicant should contact the Music Education Department at 215-204-8310 to arrange an interview.

    MM Music Education plus Certification

    • Required Coursework: Previously completed coursework must be the equivalent of a bachelor of music degree at Temple University (124-136 hrs).
    • Required Coursework: Applicants must show completion of at least six undergraduate credits in college-level math and at least six undergraduate credits in English composition and literature (combined).
    • Academic and Musical Profile (AMP) - Performance: Applicants must submit a digital video (no more than 15 minutes) via Acceptd of representative instruction episodes that adequately demonstrate both teaching skills and musicianship. The recording may include any type of music teaching. Applicants should include a brief written narrative explaining the contents of the video. SUBMIT MY AMP - Performance
    • Academic and Musical Profile (AMP) - Written: The applicant will have 90 minutes to demonstrate writing skills and general knowledge about music education. The exam is scored by Music Education faculty members. Results are considered in the admissions decision. Additional coursework may be required to remediate inadequacies.
    • Additional Materials: Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit any additional information that will help the faculty in the admission decision; items may include, but are not limited to, digital recordings of compositions or arrangements, recordings of performance groups, lesson or rehearsal plans, curriculum development material, and recital performance recordings.
    • Interview: After the application is complete, the applicant should contact the Music Education Department at 215-204-8310 to arrange an interview.

    MM Performance, Opera, Jazz Studies, Collaborative Piano, Pedagogy

    MM History

    • Applicants must submit an undergraduate-level paper via Acceptd demonstrating the applicant's ability to analyze music and/or report research.

    MM Theory

    • Applicants must submit an undergraduate-level paper via Acceptd demonstrating the applicant's ability to analyze music and/or report research.
    • Two assignments from their work in theory courses: 1) An assigment of a compositional nature (counterpoint, a figured bass, a harmonized melody, an original composition, etc.), and 2) An assignment of an analytical nature (a formal analysis, a harmonic analysis, a pitch-class set analysis, etc.)

    MMT Music Therapy or MMT Music Therapy Equivalency

    • Audition: Applicants are required to submit a recorded audition via Acceptd. See audition requirements for more information.
    • Interview: Interviews are scheduled after an application is complete. The MMT Program Coordinator will contact the applicant for available dates and times. An interview with the Music Therapy faculty is required for all those applying for assistantships.

    MS Music Technology

    • An undergraduate degree in music or its equivalent, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Competitive applicants should possess an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.33 or higher. Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree in a non-music field are assigned additional undergraduate coursework at the time of admission to provide the necessary music background for the degree. This coursework is determined based on a review of the undergraduate transcript and through diagnostic examinations.
    • Applicants must submit a portfolio via Acceptd. Your portfolio should include a minimum of 2 contrasting projects that demonstrate originality, creativity, and the ability to work in one or more technological areas. Examples include, but are not limited to, a composition, orchestration, or an edited or mixed recording for which music technology was used in its creation (such as Sibelius, Finale, Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Fruity Loops, MIDI, Garageband, or Max/MSP/Jitter); or a piece of software or hardware that you designed or manipulated; or a short film that you scored. You are welcome to submit three different projects, but only two projects are required.
    • In addition to a final mix of your projects (.mp3 for audio, .mp4 or .mov for video), please submit a brief video presentation for each project in which you discuss and demonstrate how you created the project. Be sure to introduce yourself and tell us how you used the software (e.g. DAW, plugins) and/or hardware (e.g. microphones, audio interface, MIDI controllers) to achieve your artistic goals. This video should be between one and three minutes long for each project submitted. 
    • A resume that includes degrees in progress or conferred, any musical activity in school or elsewhere, as well as any other pertinent activities and employment.
    • A written Statement of Goals (1-2 pages).
    • No audition is required for entry into the program.
    • International applicants should submit a minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) or 550 (paper-based).

    Questions?

    If you have questions about the admissions process, send an email to Music: boyer@temple.edu or Dance: dance@temple.edu