Our Admissions Committee thoroughly reviews every application to understand the strengths, skills and unique potential of each prospective student. A sound academic record – your undergraduate history and subsequent graduate work – is important, of course.
In addition to your academics, the committee will carefully examine your personal statement and letters of recommendation looking for evidence of writing skills, evidence of successful work in the music field, leadership experience and commitment to the mission of Graduate Programs in Music Education. All information you submit is considered and we encourage you to be thorough and straightforward. We want to make sure that the University of St. Thomas Graduate Music Program is a good fit for you, and that you are a good fit for the UST Graduate Music Program.
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Applicants for admission to the Master of Arts in Music Education degree program must meet the following minimal criteria:
Meeting minimal application criteria does not guarantee admission; likewise, exceptions to minimum criteria may be made by the admissions committee based on other factors of professional achievement.
Applicants must submit the following materials to Graduate Programs in Music Education (GPME). Applications will be processed after all items are received. Applicants will be notified, by mail, 4-6 weeks following the application deadline.
All students admitted to the Master of Arts in Music Education program complete the following:
Candidates for the Master of Arts degree must demonstrate music performance ability in piano, voice, or other classical instrumental performance.
Students must perform two different compositions, showing contrasting styles in historical periods, technical demands, and tempi. If an accompaniment exists for the works being performed, then the recording must include that accompaniment. In addition, all students should sing either "My Country 'Tis of Thee," or "America, the Beautiful" a cappella.
Performance Assessments are evaluated on technical competence (at the level of a senior recital) and musical expression, including stylistic understanding of the music presented. The emphasis in the Performance Assessment is on meaningful musical performance that demonstrates the student's ability to expressively convey music convincingly.
Your performance(s) should be uploaded to YouTube. You can either combine your performances into one video or break them into separate videos. Audio only recordings are not acceptable. The application will not be considered until the performance video link(s) have been provided.
All students admitted to the Master of Arts in Music Education program must take a diagnostic examination in music history and theory immediately following their acceptance into the program. This exam is a non-course requirement of the Master of Arts in Music Education degree and also serves as a prerequisite for courses GMUS 612 and GMUS 750. Students will not be admitted to these courses until all tests are completed with passing grades. For more information regarding the test, log onto the GPME Students Blackboard site. You will need your University of St. Thomas Username and Password to log onto Blackboard.
You may begin the Master of Arts degree in Music Education as a nondegree student. This option may be of interest to students with a desire to pursue graduate study but not necessarily in obtaining a degree. Enrolling in one or more courses at nondegree status will provide contact with faculty members and an opportunity to evaluate whether the program's offerings match your needs, interests, and abilities. To enroll as a nondegree student select the online application link on this page.
Nondegree students may apply for degree-seeking status at the regular admissions deadlines by submitting all required application materials. Letters of recommendation solicited from faculty in the program are allowable. Up to six credits taken as a nondegree student may be applied for credit towards the degree.
Graduate students must first complete all of the application requirements for the program to which they are applying. submit the documents directly to the program, by the deadlines indicated for each specific program. International Recruiting and Admissions also requires the following submissions, which you can also submit directly to your graduate program.
Please mail these additional submissions directly to the graduate program to which you are applying.
To meet St. Thomas immigration requirements, you must give evidence of a command of both written and spoken English, adequate for the profitable pursuit of University courses conducted entirely in English. The list below contains the tests and programs the University of St. Thomas accepts as evidence for English proficiency.
Score reports must be sent to St. Thomas directly from the testing center. Score reports must not be more than two years old.
If you feel that you are unable to obtain the minimum score on any of the tests required, you may choose to apply directly to the ELS Language Center, located on the St. Thomas campus. Upon completion of ELS, graduate applicants must provide proof of one of the English proficiency requirements listed above.
Transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. must be evaluated before your application can be considered. For further information contact:
Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. P.O. Box 514070 Milwaukee, WI 53203 Phone: (414) 289-3400 Fax: (414) 289-3411
Please keep in mind that our program is primarily a summers-only program. Given current policies governing student visas, this does not make our program a good match for many international students. While we do offer graduate courses during the school year, low enrollment in a course might mean that the class is cancelled. As a result, we cannot guarantee year-round course offerings. This may have an impact on your student visa. With this disclaimer, Graduate Programs in Music Education regrets that it cannot be held responsible for helping you maintain your status as a student in the United States.
A maximum of six semester hours completed at another accredited institution prior to entering the program may be considered for transfer to meet degree requirements if the course work was:
Transfer credits from another institution may not be applied to Level II or III of either the Orff Schulwerk or Kodály fields of concentration; however, they may be applied to the core requirements and Level I in these fields of concentration.
Six graduate credits earned as a nondegree student in UST courses that also are requirements for the graduate program may be transferred to meet the student's course requirements. The total number of transfer credits from other institutions and the University of St. Thomas may not exceed six.
The University of St. Thomas Music Department is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and the National Association of Schools of Music.
The University of St. Thomas is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
The University of St. Thomas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance in the employment of faculty or staff, the admission or treatment of students, or in the operation of its educational programs and activities.