How to Apply
Undergraduate and graduate (master's) prospective students will find important application information on this page. For questions regarding music undergraduate admissions, please contact Mary Sage, Admissions and Recruiting Coordinator; for questions regarding graduate music admissions, please contact Melinda Coats, Graduate Studies Administrative Associate. Prospective doctoral students, visit the Center for Church Music Studies' site for information on Church PhD and DMA degrees.
Step 1: Apply
Apply to both Baylor University and the School of Music by February 1 to begin in the Fall:
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.
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. 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
All prospective freshman and transfer music majors are required to audition on their principal instrument for acceptance into the School of Music. The audition is the most important factor in determining whether a student will be accepted as a music major. Applicants can select their desired audition date on the School of Music application. 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 and submit application materials
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
- 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) or equivalent IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or DuoLingo.
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 Emphasis: Composition Portfolio: must include three contrasting original compositions.
- Conducting: Video of work in both rehearsal and performance. Submit application by January 1 for priority consideration to be invited for an 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): The writing sample typically consists of a research paper between five to ten pages in length, which has been completed as part of the student’s undergraduate work. It need not necessarily be in the field of the student’s application. Note: these are considered as part of the application to the degree program as well as the application for a graduate assistantship.
- All performance degree programs: audition
We HIGHLY recommend applicants who are U.S. citizens complete completing the FAFSA to be considered for all possible scholarship and financial aid opportunities. 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
All performance degree programs are required to audition for admission into the music school. Applicants can select their desired audition date on the School of Music application. For additional details, please review our information for audition requirements & dates.