Application Materials

Prospective students must apply to and be accepted by both the Graduate School and School of Music at Baylor University. Only one set of application materials is necessary. MDiv/MM in Church Music students must also apply separately to George W. Truett Theological Seminary.


The following materials must be submitted to the Graduate School at Baylor University, via GoBaylorGrad
or to The Graduate School One Bear Place #97264, Waco, TX 76798.

• Online application (available at
• Application fee (may be paid with credit card as part of the online application).
• Personal Statement that highlights your goals for graduate studies as well as your career (2-5 pages).
• C.V. or Resumé that includes degrees earned, honors or awards, and any teaching and/or applicable work experience.
• Official transcripts of previous college/university work.
• Three letters of recommendation from persons who can evaluate the prospective student’s potential as a graduate student and/or a career musician.

• GRE scores are required only for applicants in Music History and Literature and Music Theory; a score of 1000 for the combined Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE is recommended. Music Education applicants must submit a Statement of Intent in lieu of GRE scores (see Master of Music in Music Education)

• Test of English as a Foreign Language scores (required only for international students). The TOEFL is not required for international students who hold a degree from an accredited English-language university, but a completed transcript showing graduation must be submitted. International students whose primary language in not English must achieve a score of 213 computer version, 550 paper test, 80 internet based on the TOEFL examination as part of their entrance requirements.


Performance Auditions

Auditions are required only for majors in Performance, Collaborative Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Performance, Conducting, and Church Music with Performance or Conducting emphasis (see also below under ’Conducting Auditions’). Live, in-person auditions are preferred.

Audition Requirements

Scheduling an Audition:
To schedule an audition, click here:

In the event you are unable to attend a regularly scheduled audition day, graduate students may make special arrangements for auditions by contacting the Division chair in their area of audition.

If you wish to upload video files, please go to:

Conducting Auditions

The audition process for Conducting majors begins with submission of a video of the prospective student’s conducting of an ensemble in rehearsal and performance. This will be evaluated by the Conducting faculty, who will then decide whether or not to invite the student to the campus for in-person auditions, interviews, and diagnostic testing in analysis and ear training. After this second round of auditions a final selection of candidates will be made for admission and assistantships.

Schedule for conducting auditions:

January 30: Deadline for receipt of audition videos in the Graduate Program Director’s office.
February 15: Status regarding the in-person audition will be determined and the students notified shortly after.
March 15: Admission and assistantship status will be determined and the students notified shortly after.

Note: These requirements and dates apply only to Conducting majors, not to Church Music majors with Conducting emphasis, who are required only to submit a video of their conducting.


• Writing samples. Writing samples are required for all applicants in Music History, Music Theory, and Church Music. The writing sample typically consists of a research paper of at least ten pages done in the student’s undergraduate work and need not necessarily be in the field of the student’s application.

• Composition portfolio. Required of Composition majors and Church Music with Composition emphasis only.

• 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.

• Piano Pedagogy and Performance: 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.


View the Graduate Catalog at to see curricula and course descriptions.

See the Graduate Handbook for further information on degrees, requirements, etc.

Mrs. Melinda Coats
Administrative Associate, Academic and Graduate Studies