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Undergraduate and graduate (master's) prospective students will find important application information on this page. For questions regarding undergraduate admissions, please contact Mary Sage, Admissions and Recruiting Coordinator; for questions regarding graduate admissions, please contact Melinda Coats, Graduate Studies Administrative Assistant. Prospective doctoral students, visit the Center for Church Music Studies' site for information on Church PhD and DMA degrees.


Undergraduate Admissions

Step 1: Apply

Apply to both Baylor University and the School of Music by February 1 to begin in the Fall:

In order to gain admission to the School of Music, you must also be accepted by the university; acceptance for one does not guarantee acceptance for the other. Select your audition date on the School of Music Application.

Note: The School of Music application requires attachment of a few specific materials such as two letters of recommendation, a short essay, and a repertoire list. Details are listed on the application.

We highly recommend completing the FAFSA and CSS Profile. To be considered for all possible scholarship and financial aid opportunities, undergraduates must complete both of these applications. You may complete them before you get accepted or audition. (the earlier you complete these applications, the better). We recommend completing before February 1 for those wanting to begin school in the Fall.

Step 2: Audition

Every student applying to be accepted into the School of Music for an undergraduate degree must audition on their principal instrument. For additional details, please review our information for audition requirements & dates.

Please note the additional requirements for the following programs:


Graduate Admissions (Master's)

Step 1: Apply

Apply to both the Baylor Graduate School and the School of Music to begin in the Fall. In order to gain admission to the School of Music, you must also be accepted by the Graduate School; acceptance for one does not guarantee acceptance for the other. Those applying for the Church Music Dual Degree (MDiv/MM) must also apply to Truett Seminary.

The following are submitted along with the Graduate School application, February 15:

  • Application fee
  • Personal statement
  • C.V. or résumé
  • Official transcripts
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Tests such as GRE (for Musicology and Theory only) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language scores are required only for international students).

If applicable, select your audition date on the School of Music Application (see below). Additional materials are needed for the following MM degree programs and can be submitted on the School of Music application, due February 1

  • Church Music: Writing Sample: research paper of at least ten pages completed during undergraduate work (not necessarily in the field of the student’s application).
  • Composition and Church Music with Composition EmphasisComposition Portfolio: must include three contrasting original compositions.
  • ConductingVideo of work in both rehearsal and performance. Submit application by January 1 for priority consideration to be invited for an on campus audition.
  • Musicology and Theory: 1). GRE Scores and a 2). Writing Sample: Research paper of at least ten pages completed during undergraduate work (not necessarily in the field of the student’s application).
  • Piano Pedagogy & Performance: 1). Video Demonstration of teaching (entirely in English): minimum of 15 minutes with a student at or below the late intermediate level. 2). Writing Sample (in English): 3-10 pages written for a previous course or a statement of one's teaching philosophy. Note: these are considered as part of the application to the degree program as well as the application for a graduate assistantship.

We HIGHLY recommend completing the FAFSATo be considered for all possible scholarship and financial aid opportunities, graduate students must complete the FAFSA. You may complete it before you get accepted or audition (the earlier you complete the FAFSA, the better). We recommend completing it before February 1 for those wanting to begin school in the Fall.

Step 2: Audition

Only students applying for the following majors must complete an audition on their primary instrument:

  • Church Music (Performance or Conducting emphasis)
  • Collaborative Piano
  • Conducting (Band, Choral, and Orchestral)
  • Performance (all areas)
  • Piano Pedagogy & Performance

For additional details, please review our information for audition requirements & dates.

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Mary Sage

Admissions and Recruiting Coordinator

I'm happy to help you with the application process and answer your questions.

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Melinda Coats

Graduate Studies Administrative Assistant

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