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Master of Music and Graduate Diploma Application Requirements for Fall 2014

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR FALL 2015 WILL BE AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 1, 2014.

General Policies

  • Applications must be submitted by the stated deadlines.
  • Majors that are not pre-screened are guaranteed an audition. Pre-screened majors are reviewed for audition invitations.
  • All applicants invited to audition must do so live in New York. The Juilliard School does not accept video auditions.
  • Those applicants scheduled for auditions will receive notification approximately one month prior to the audition. Pre-screening results will also be sent at that time.
  • No admissions decisions will be confirmed until all credentials and required documents are on file.
  • All applicants are notified of their admissions results via the online application or e-mail. Notification will be sent by the Office of Admissions approximately one month after the audition and no later than April 1, 2014.
  • You may not apply more than two times per degree level in the Music Division if you receive unfavorable results.

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Eligibility and Program Requirements

Graduate programs are designed for students who have completed an undergraduate curriculum and seek advanced musical training in their applied area of study. Applicants must demonstrate through audition that they possess the musical competence and promise sufficient to justify admission to study at the graduate level.

Master of Music

The graduate curriculum leading to the Master of Music degree is a two-year program that focuses on studio and ensemble work supplemented by academic course requirements and electives. If the undergraduate degree is in an area other than music, applicants may apply to the Master of Music program, provided they have had sufficient training in the major field and have the required repertoire. The Master of Music is the qualifying degree for entry into most doctoral degree programs. Applicants who have earned a Master of Music degree at another institution (domestic or international) are not eligible to apply for the M.M. in the same major at Juilliard.

Graduate Diploma

The Graduate Diploma is not a degree and typically does not serve as qualification for entry into doctoral degree programs.

The graduate curriculum leading to the Graduate Diploma consists of one year of full-time study for the following majors:

  • orchestral instrument performance,
  • Organ,
  • Piano, and
  • Composition.

The Graduate Diploma requires two years of full-time study for the following majors:

  • Collaborative Piano,
  • Guitar,
  • Historical Performance,
  • Orchestral Conducting, and
  • Voice.

Applicants who have four years of post-secondary study, and who will complete a diploma but not a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, are not academically eligible for the Master of Music and should apply to the Graduate Diploma. (Note: in general, undergraduate degrees from foreign institutions must be four years in length and include at least 24 credits in liberal arts/humanities courses to be considered equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor’s degree; please see the “Transcripts” section below.)  If the undergraduate degree is in an area other than music, applicants may apply to the Graduate Diploma program, provided they have had sufficient training in the major field and have the required repertoire.

Applicants who have earned a Master of Music degree are not eligible to apply for the Graduate Diploma in the same major, excepting:

  • Collaborative Piano,
  • Historical Performance,
  • Orchestral Conducting, and
  • Voice.

Instead, they should consider application to the D.M.A. or Artist Diploma programs.

Statistics and other disclosure information for non-degree diploma programs can be found here.

Double Majors

Double majors are very rare at Juilliard, due to the strenuous nature of our performance-based curriculum.  It is only possible to double major if both majors are within Classical Music; it is not possible to combine divisions (for example, Music and Drama), or double major in Classical and Jazz Studies.

Applicants within Classical Music* who would like to consider double majoring must apply, audition and be admitted to each major.  If offered admission to two majors, the applicants must then formally request to double major.  The Registrar will review the request to determine if it is possible to complete the curriculum requirements for both majors within three years. It is important to note that there is an additional cost above tuition to double major that would be applicable each year, and in general double majors require a third year of study to complete all requirements. Juilliard scholarship is only applicable to one major; scholarship is not available for the double major fee.

*Please note that it is not possible for piano and voice majors to double major in an orchestral instrument. The requirements for each have significant conflicts which preclude completion within three years.

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Application Fee

The $110 application fee is nonrefundable. Make check or money order payable to The Juilliard School. All checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank and must be received by December 1, 2013. Payment by credit card is only available for applications submitted online. Application fee waivers are available only for eligible undergraduate applicants.

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Transcripts

Documentation of post-secondary schooling is an essential component of the application process. Applicants must supply official transcripts of all previous college / conservatory / university studies demonstrating scholastic competence sufficient to succeed in course work at the graduate level.

Applicants should send the official transcripts of school records by February 15, 2014. Official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope, or be sent directly from the issuing institution. This applies to U.S. and international applicants. Pre-screened majors should wait to receive pre-screening results before sending transcripts.

  • Master of Music applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent from a foreign institution, generally including at least 24 college-level credits in liberal arts subjects) from an accredited institution of higher learning by the time they enroll at Juilliard.
  • Graduate Diploma applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or an undergraduate diploma by the time they enroll at Juilliard.
  • For graduates of foreign institutions: Please note that, if The Juilliard School is unable to determine equivalency, an official evaluation may be required (through World Education Services (212) 966-6311). Official transcripts with translations, as needed, are due by February 15, 2014.
  • Current Juilliard College Students do not need to request Juilliard transcripts be sent to Admissions.
  • Formerly enrolled Juilliard College Students do not need to request Juilliard transcripts be sent to Admissions, however, they should provide transcripts for any other institutions attended after their tenure at Juilliard.

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Proof of English Language Proficiency

The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in admissions decisions. All applicants for whom English is not the native language* (regardless of citizenship) must demonstrate English Language Proficiency with a TOEFL score which meets the minimum requirement, with the exception of:

  1. those who have attended an English language high school/secondary school for four years; AND
  2. have/will complete a four-year undergraduate degree at an English language institution.

In other words, only applicants who meet both conditions above and have a total of eight years of study at English language institutions are exempt.

*The Juilliard School defines "native language" as the language first spoken as a child and the primary language spoken at home.

Minimum score requirements for graduate applicants:

Program IBT Total* IBT Writing CBT Total* CBT Essay PBT Total*
Master of Music
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Graduate Diploma
89 21 230 5.0 570
*see #4 below
  1. Applicants for whom English is not a native language must submit an official copy of their TOEFL scores by February 15, 2014 (except Collaborative Piano, which is due on December 1, 2013). Photocopies, faxes, and student copies are not acceptable.
  2. Applicants will not be admitted without an official score on file which meets the minimum guidelines for admission (see above grid). Applicants should take a TOEFL by January 2014 in order to have the score submitted to the Admissions Office by February 15.
    • If you submitted a TOEFL score report to your undergraduate institution that meets our minimum requirements (see also #4 below), you may ask that institution's Registrar to send to us directly an official photocopy of the score report in a sealed school envelope. It is important to note that not all schools will release this information and applicants who wish to pursue this option should research it well in advance so as to leave themselves time to take another TOEFL, if necessary.
  3. Juilliard does not grant exemptions to the English Language Proficiency requirement based on an applicant’s citizenship status. However, applicants who will have studied full-time for at least six years but less than eight years at English-speaking institutions (prior to enrolling at Juilliard) may be considered for a waiver of the TOEFL score, with approval from the Office of Admissions. To apply for a waiver of the English Language Proficiency requirement:
    • Submit a letter explaining your academic background and enclose official transcripts totaling at least six years of study in English* (include all college and high school transcripts as needed) by December 1, 2013. *It is acceptable for the applicant to be in the sixth year of study if currently enrolled in an English-speaking institution. Transcripts should show strong grades in academic classes, and may not include English as a Second Language studies.
    • The letter and all transcripts must be included in the same envelope; transcripts that are received separately from the letter will not be reviewed and the waiver request will be considered incomplete.
    • Incomplete or late requests will not be considered, without exception.
    • The Associate Dean for Admissions will review all complete waiver requests and will respond via e-mail by mid-January 2014.
    • Applicants who are not granted a waiver will be required to submit an official TOEFL score by February 15, as noted above, and are required to attend an English Language Interview during the audition period (see below).
    • Applicants who are granted a waiver will still be required to attend an English Language Interview during the audition period (see below). If admitted and enrolling, they must also take the English Language Placement Exam during Orientation at the beginning of the fall semester.
  4. Applicants who submit TOEFL scores lower than 89 but greater than or equal to 73 may be considered for conditional admission to the Master of Music. Applicants admitted conditionally will be expected to meet the following requirements by the conclusion of the first semester of enrollment in order to qualify for continued status in the Master of Music program:
    • grades of at least "B" in the required English and/or Musical Terms class(es) and recommendation from the English faculty; and
    • grades no lower than "B" in all other performance and classroom studies
    • failure to meet the above conditions may result in either discontinuation of enrollment at Juilliard or transfer into the Graduate Diploma program for a second and final year of graduate study.
  5. All admitted graduate students (M.M. and G.D.) with a TOEFL score below 102 iBT must also take the English Language Placement Exam during Orientation at the beginning of the fall semester.
  6. The Juilliard School’s CEEB code is 002340.
  7. Visit the TOEFL Web site for more information.
  8. Current and Former Juilliard College Students do not need to submit another TOEFL.

English Language Interview: In addition, all applicants who are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency must complete an interview with the Office of International Advisement (Room 245) during the audition period, regardless of whether a TOEFL waiver is granted. This interview is an essential component for the Admissions Committee in making admissions decisions. It is important to note that this interview does not replace a TOEFL score, nor can a member of the International Advisement staff waive the English Language Proficiency requirement.

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    Essay

    • Juilliard’s Admissions Committee uses your essay(s) to learn more about you as an individual and gain a sense of who you are beyond your application, transcript and audition.
    • Essays should be 1 - 2 pages, double-spaced, and in a 12 point font.
    • Please note that essays should be written in English (not translated from another language) and be your own original work; your signature upon submission of the application indicates that "all information provided on this application is honestly presented," which includes authorship of required essays.
    • All applicants to the M.M. or Graduate Diploma are required to submit one essay in the online application.
    • Current or Formerly enrolled Juilliard college students have additional essay requirements (see below).

    1. Applicants to the M.M. or Graduate Diploma, choose one of the following essay topics:

    • Describe the most challenging obstacle you have had to overcome; discuss its impact, and tell us what you have learned from the experience.
    • Dr. Joseph Polisi, Juilliard’s president, has stated: “. . . [talented young people are] responsible for more than getting the notes right or the words right or the steps right. They have to be missionaries for the arts." Write about how, as an artist, you intend to advocate for the relevancy of the arts in the twenty-first century.

    2. Current or Formerly enrolled Juilliard college students: IN ADDITION TO No. 1, above, please explain your motivation for resuming your studies or applying to another major at The Juilliard School. Students may choose to address academic, artistic, or professional goals that they believe could be accomplished in the Juilliard community. (You must submit two essays in total.)

    Your essay should be submitted through the online application. Please do not also submit a hard copy of your essay via post.

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    Letters of Recommendation

    All graduate applicants must submit one letter of recommendation. Juilliard continues to renew its efforts to identify and educate leaders in the profession, students who can be outstanding performers and also effective advocates, collaborators, teachers, and community partners. The letter of recommendation should be from a teacher, conductor, coach or artistic mentor. In addition to addressing the applicant’s talent and accomplishment, the letter should also discuss the following individual characteristics which indicate potential for success in the field: 1. Perseverance; 2. Dedication; 3. Collegiality; and 4. Leadership.

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    Audition

    • Majors that are not pre-screened are guaranteed an audition. Pre-screened majors are reviewed for audition invitations.
    • All applicants invited to audition must do so live in New York; The Juilliard School does not accept video auditions, under any circumstances.
    • It is recommended that applicants avoid scheduling conflicts by planning to be available for the entire audition period.
    • See here for audition dates and specific audition repertoire requirements.

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