Admissions Criteria

Graduates of recognized four-year courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in music may become candidates for the Master of Music degree. Students desiring to become candidates for the degree must have the equivalent of the undergraduate major in music at Baylor University in the field of concentration in which they wish to continue. Those who lack courses prerequisite to graduate study may make up the undergraduate work, for which graduate credit may be granted, provided the course work is at the 4000 level and appropriate to the degree program. All students will take music theory and music history diagnostic examinations. Appropriate remedial course work may be required.


Grade Point Average

For consideration for admission, applicants must have a satisfactory undergraduate grade point average (overall and in music). The typical successful applicant last semester had an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Application Deadline - February 1st. For full consideration for admission and for graduate assistantship and scholarship opportunities, students must apply on or before February 1.

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Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Church Music - Performance

Applicants for degrees with emphasis in performance, piano pedagogy, or the performance option in church music must audition (in person or submit a tape of a recent performance) with repertoire of at least senior recital level. A repertoire list must be submitted for evaluation at the time of the audition.

For international students, admission to the Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance requires the submission of a recorded demonstration of teaching in English and a writing sample. The writing sample may be a minimum of 3 pages and could be a paper written for a previous course or a statement of one's teaching philosophy. The teaching DVD should be a minimum of 15 minutes with a student at or below the late intermediate level, and the lesson should be given entirely in English. These are considered as part of the application to the degree program as well as the application for a graduate assistantship in piano pedagogy.

Vocal Performance

Applicants must audition (in person or submit a tape of a recent performance) with repertoire of at least senior recital level. A repertoire list must be submitted for evaluation at the time of the audition. Students with the major in vocal performance and those in the vocal performance emphasis in church music must also demonstrate knowledge of German, French, and Italian (knowledge of the IPA is necessary).


Applicants for the major in composition, or the composition option in church music must submit a portfolio of recently completed compositions. All applicants should contact Dr. McAllister prior to submiting a portfolio.

Music History and Literature, Church Music or Music Theory

An example of a recent paper is requested of applicants who intend to pursue an emphasis in music history and literature, church music, or music theory. Applicants in music history and literature must also possess intermediate proficiency in German or French (See Graduate School Language Requirement).

Collaborative Piano

Applicants in collaborative piano must demonstrate diction proficiency in two of the following languages: French, German, and Italian.


Applicants seeking admission to the conducting program and the conducting option within church music must submit a video tape of their work.

Music Education

Applicants in Music Education should submit a 5-10 minute teaching video, a professional resume, and a writing sample that can either be a previously written document (i.e. term paper) or a response to one of the essay questions posted at under the Division-College pulldown menu.

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