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General Admission Requirements

All prospective graduate students must secure approval of both the University of Northern Iowa and School of Music before admission to a degree program can be granted.

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Application Deadlines

All application materials/paperwork (i.e. University application, School of Music application, Graduate Assistantship application, Tuition Scholarship application, references and transcripts) must be received prior to February 1st. Auditions and interviews must be completed by February 15th for the following school year.

For more information or questions, please contact:

Dr. Suzanne Hendrix-Case
Graduate Coordinator
UNI School of Music
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0246
(319) 273-2360

 Please note the following general admission requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree, or international equivalent, with a major in music from an accredited institution, or the demonstrated equivalent in the case of foreign students.
  2. A minimum entering grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (scale: 4.0 = A).
  3. Completion and submission of all School of Music and University of Northern Iowa application materials, including application fee.
  4. International students must have a TOEFL score of 550 ( written), 213 (computer) or 79 (Internet). Scores should be sent directly to the university.
  5. Successful audition or interview in desired area of specialization. Students should contact the School of Music at 1-319-273-2024 to be connected with the appropriate faculty member to arrange for your audition/interview.

Special Area Requirements

Master of Arts
In-person audition (audio recordings are permissible if an in-person audition would pose undue hardship).

Master of Music - Composition
Portfolio and recordings of compositions, interview.

Master of Music - Conducting
In-person audition and interview with at least two members of the Graduate Conducting Faculty. It is also recommended that the applicant have two years of conducting experience beyond the baccalaureate degree. A video/DVD recording may be submitted in lieu of the in-person audition, but may not satisfy the audition requirement. Tapes/DVS's should be of high quality and show the applicant in rehearsal situations, though performance recordings may also be included. Video recordings should include two (2) or three (3) works of varying styles, and be taken so as to clearly indicate the conductor's facial and other physical gestures.

Master of Music - Jazz Pedagogy
In-person audition and interview.

Master of Music - Music Education
Submit online evaluation

Master of Music - Music History
Scholarly paper(s) from undergraduate studies coursework.

Master of Music - Performance
In-person audition (audio recordings are permissible if an in-person audition would pose undue hardship).

Master of Music - Piano Performance and Pedagogy
In-person audition (audio recordings are permissible if an in-person audition would pose undue hardship).

Artist Diploma
A high quality recording (DVD preferred) of unedited performance time  demonstrating technical skill, musical expressive and interpretive ability.  A live  audition and interview may be required (other Admission requirements listed  under Artist Diploma in this Handbook).

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