Application Procedures


The online application for all graduate programs can be found here: Application for Graduate Admission and Fellowships. Please submit the application and all supporting materials by December 1st (9:00p.m., P.S.T.) in order to be considered for admission for Fall 2018. No changes can be made to the application after submission.


Please begin an application to view all of the requirements, including a Statement of Purpose, Personal History Statement, Transcripts, Test Scores, Examples of Scholarship, and Letters of Recommendation.

The Department of Music offers a combined M.A./Ph.D. program and a Ph.D. program (for students who already possess an M.A. in Music with an appropriate emphasis), with specialties in composition, history and literature of Western music, and ethnomusicology. A terminal M.A. degree is not offered. The most appropriate preparation for the graduate program is a B.A. in Music. Applications are considered once a year for admission for the Fall Semester only. Students will be notified of the admission decisions by e-mail no later than March 1st.

An audition or a formal interview is not required. Applicants who would like to visit the department should contact faculty members in their fields of interest directly. Applicants who are offered admission will be invited to visit the department in February before deciding whether to accept the offer.

Exam Scores

  1. Official GRE Scores up to five years old should be sent to University Code 4833. Exam scores must be received by December 1st. Note that there is no minimum score requirement.
  2. TOEFL: All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in addition to the GRE. For additional information concerning TOEFL, see the Graduate Division’s requirements. UC Berkeley’s code for TOEFL scores is 4833. TOEFL scores must be received by December 1st.

If you have any questions, contact our Graduate Student Services Advisor at musicgradadvisor@berkeley.edu.