Application Procedures

The University’s Application for Graduate Admission and Fellowships includes the Statement of Purpose, Statement of Personal History, Examples of Scholarship, copy of all transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and exam scores. Composition applicants should upload 3-5 recordings or musical scores. December 1 is the last day to submit the application and all materials.

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 1.

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 1. Note that there is no minimum score requirement. To ensure timely reporting of exam scores, applicants should take the GRE no later than November 15.
  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 admissions requirements.UC Berkeley’s University Code for TOEFL scores is 4833. TOEFL scores must be received by December 1.

If you have any questions, please contact our Graduate Student Services Advisor at