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Doctor of Musical Arts Application Requirements for Fall 2017

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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 can be made 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, 2017.
  • 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

  1. Applicants must hold both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, or their equivalent from a foreign institution, 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 also due by February 15, 2017.
  2. Proof of English Language Proficiency (if required) and pre-screening materials (if applicable) must be received by December 1, 2016. Official transcrtips and all other Supplement Parts are due February 15. Applications without required proof of English Language Proficiency by December 1, 2016 will be discontinued – late TOEFL score reports will not be accepted.
  3. Applicants must demonstrate, by means of their academic records, a personal interview, and results from the written exam, that they possess the broad musical learning and superior intellectual aptitudes required for doctoral work and for teaching at the college level.
  4. Admissions decisions for D.M.A. applicants are made by the Doctoral Governance Committee, which consists of representatives from the graduate faculty and administration, and is chaired by the vice president for library and information resources.

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Application Fee

The $110 application fee is nonrefundable. Payment may be made through the online application using: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express cards, your checking account, or PayPal account. Payments are processed using a secure online payment system. Application fee waivers are available only for eligible applicants (see online application for further information).

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Transcripts

Juilliard Admissions is adopting and promoting a paperless and environmentally friendly application process. Please do not send in any transcripts until after you have received your official audition invitation, and no later than February 15, 2017.

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 doctoral level.

Applicants should send the official transcripts of school records to be received by Juilliard after they have received their official audition invitations and no later than February 15. Official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope, or be sent directly from the issuing institution. This applies to U.S. and international applicants. 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). Applications without required transcripts by February 15 may be discontinued. Late materials will not be accepted.

All applicants who are offered admission must submit official final transcripts indicating the date of graduation by July 1, 2017. This applies to both U.S. and international admits. Juilliard reserves the right to rescind the admission of any applicant whose file documentation is deemed insufficient and/or incomplete. It is the applicant’s obligation to see that the completed records are filed. Grade reports and other student records are not acceptable as final records.

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 earned a four-year undergraduate degree at an English language institution; AND
  3. have/will complete a two-year Master's degree at an English language institution.

In other words, only applicants who meet all three conditions above for a total of ten 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 Doctoral applicants:

Program IBT Total IBT Writing CBT Total CBT Essay PBT Total
Doctor of Musical Arts 102 30 253 6.0 610
  1. Applicants for whom English is not a native language must submit an official copy of their TOEFL by December 1, 2016. Photocopies, faxes, and student copies are not acceptable. Applications without required TOEFL scores which meet the minimum requirement (see above) by December 1 will be discontinued. Late materials will not be accepted. Please note that December 1 is NOT a post-marked deadline.
  2. Applicants should take a TOEFL by October 2016 in order to have the score submitted to the Admissions Office by December 1.
  3. Juilliard does not grant exemptions to the English Language Proficiency requirement based on an applicant’s citizenship status. Exceptions to the requirement are only given to qualified applicants as listed above. However, applicants who will have studied full-time for a total of ten years at English-speaking institutions (prior to enrolling at Juilliard), but those ten years do not include high school (for example, full-time artist diploma or professional studies programs in addition to a Bachelor's and Master's), 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 ten years of full-time study in English* (include all college transcripts as needed) by November 1, 2016. *It is acceptable for the applicant to be in the tenth 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. Waiver requests must be submitted early enough to allow time to take the TOEFL if the waiver is not granted.
    • The Associate Dean for Enrollment Management will review all complete waiver requests and will respond via e-mail by mid-November.
    • Applicants who are not granted a waiver will be required to submit an official TOEFL score by December 1, as noted above.
  4. Applicants who submitted a TOEFL score report to their undergraduate/graduate institutions that meets our minimum requirements may request their Registrar’s Office 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.
  5. The Juilliard School’s CEEB code is 002340.
  6. Visit the TOEFL Web site for more information.

Current and Former Juilliard College Students do not need to submit another TOEFL.

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Essays

All applicants are required to submit two essays as a component of the online application. Juilliard’s Admissions Committee uses your essays 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, in a 12 point font.

D.M.A. applicants must complete both 1 and 2 of the following:

  1. Explain your motivation for pursuing the D.M.A. degree and how your experience in the doctoral program will be relevant to your performing and/or academic career.
  2. Who has been your most influential teacher and why?

Your essays should be submitted through the online application. Please do not also submit hard copies of your essays via post. (If you are also applying to the A.D., you must complete the essays required for that program as well, submitting a total of four essays.)

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Dossier

Juilliard Admissions is adopting and promoting a paperless and environmentally friendly application process. Please do not send in a dossier until after you have received your official audition invitation, and no later than February 15, 2017.

D.M.A. applicants who have been invited to audition must submit a dossier containing documentation of professional accomplishments in performance or composition, after they have received their official audition invitations and no later than February 15. This should include programs from public performances, and a complete repertoire list, including examples of important works from the contemporary literature. Please note that a résumé does not fulfill this requirement.

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Letters of Recommendation

To register a teacher as a recommender, log onto your Student Status Page. Click on the "Recommendations" section (this portion of the application is available even after submission). In the "Recommendations" section, you can add, delete, or send a reminder to a recommender. After registering your teacher's name and e-mail address in this section, the application system will send an automatic e-mail to your teacher which provides instructions on how to submit the letter of recommendation online. Additionally, you can track whether the letter has been submitted on your status page.

Juilliard Admissions is adopting and promoting a paperless and environmentally friendly application process. Please do not send in any letters of recommendation until after you have received your official audition invitation, and no later than February 15, 2017. Additional letters of recommendation are NOT required or necessary.

Doctoral applicants must submit TWO letters of recommendation. Letters should address the applicant’s academic and performance potential for the DMA program.

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Audition

  1. Majors that are not pre-screened are guaranteed an audition. Pre-screened majors are reviewed for audition invitations and will receive pre-screening results by the end of January 2017.
  2. All applicants invited to audition must do so live in New York; The Juilliard School does not accept video auditions, under any circumstances.
  3. The DMA audition process will take at least two days (up to four for composers). In general, applicants should plan to be available for the entire day following the scheduled audition date. Applicants must be available for all portions of the audition process in order to be considered for admission.
  4. Applicants must demonstrate, through audition, a professional level of musical accomplishment. Performers must present the selections specified for the major field of study. (Please note: there is a performance callback for Flute, Historical Performance, and Voice applicants only.)
  5. Upon the strong recommendation of the audition panel, applicants will be invited to a required interview with members of the Doctoral Governance Committee, usually on the day following the audition. Interviews are scheduled daily by the Admissions Office as audition results become available. This interview is, in effect, a callback for D.M.A. applicants. Applicants not invited to the interview may reasonably conclude that they are no longer under consideration for admission.
  6. D.M.A. applicants must also take a written exam in music theory and music history. Exams are given Monday through Friday during the audition week and include exercises in harmonization and counterpoint, as well as a music history component.
  • For more information on procedures regarding accompanists and practice rooms during auditions, see here.
  • See here for audition dates and specific audition repertoire requirements.

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Late Application/Pre-Screening Materials Policies

Late applications, and/or pre-screening materials, are not accepted from applicants to the D.M.A. program.

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