***The NYU Music Department has some important news to share with you.***
The NYU Music Department is changing the tempo of its graduate admissions cycle. Beginning with the 2020-21 academic year, the department will be adopting an innovative “two-years-on/one-year-off” admissions schedule.
**Please note: The 2020-21 academic year will be an “off” year and there will be no graduate admissions for fall 2020.**
What exactly is changing and how will it affect our students?
The NYU Music Department is transitioning from admitting applicants every year to admitting applicants two out of every three years. In other words, the department will admit a slightly larger cohort of students for two consecutive years, followed by a year in which we will suspend admissions to the department entirely. This will allow us to better serve the needs of our graduate program, focusing on mentoring, guidance, and the development of experiential and professional opportunities.
Why are we making this change? It will make the NYU Music Department stronger. The new admissions schedule will also:
• Guarantee a robust and diverse graduate cohort in the years students are entering the program.
• Provide deeper mentoring and more individualized advising to our graduate students.
• Allow us to offer our students additional opportunities that take advantage of our ties to the downtown music community and our location in the heart of Greenwich Village.
• Increase the number of graduate seminars initiated by our current departmental research interests.
• Enable us to increase the number of concerts, colloquia, conferences, and other public-facing events we offer in our “off” years.
• Enable us, over time, to develop more generous sources of financial support for our students.
When will the new schedule take effect?
Immediately. Again, under the department’s new “two-years-on/one-year-off” admissions cycle, the 2020-21 academic year will be an “off” year. The next time the department will be accepting applications is for the 2021-22 academic year. Students interested in applying for admittance at that time should file their application no later than January 4, 2021. The application will become available in September 2020. We encourage interested students to begin talking to faculty and current graduate students about the program now.
What else about the program is changing?
Nothing! The rest of our graduate program will remain as immersive, engaging, and challenging as always. Our graduate students will continue to benefit from our intimate size, collegial atmosphere, respected faculty, and outstanding track record of placement. None of this will change, nor will our commitment to building an exciting intellectual community and providing an open and interdisciplinary environment where students feel free to pursue their passions.
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The NYU Graduate Program in Music is designed for the professionally minded student who plans a career combining college-level teaching with continuing research and/or composition. We feature three degree tracks: Ethnomusicology, Historical Musicology, and Composition and Theory, but student research and interests are not expected to conform to narrow interpretations of these tracks. Indeed, our students work on a wide variety of topics including jazz, popular music, film music, world musical traditions, western art music, and musical theater. Recent graduates hold academic appointments in some of the most prestigious universities in the United States and Canada, and are making distinguished contributions to scholarship and musical composition on both the national and international levels.
The Graduate Program in Music is deliberately small, admitting six to eight students each year. The curriculum is research oriented; most courses are concerned with extending the boundaries of current knowledge.
Students are admitted to the department's graduate program on the basis of a superior academic record (as evidenced by transcripts and letters of recommendation) and demonstration of scholarly and/or creative promise (as evidenced by samples of scholarly writing or composition).
Applicants must hold (or be in the process of receiving) the B.A., B.M., or an equivalent degree, and their undergraduate careers should include a strong background in the liberal arts and a special emphasis on music.
For applicants in Composition/Music Theory: Two or three music samples that demonstrate recent work are required. For notated music samples, a recording should also be included. Submitted samples may include electroacoustic or multimedia works, in which case there is typically no score. A short writing sample of 5-15 double-spaced pages, on any musical topic, is also required.
For applicants in Ethnomusicology or Historical Musicology: One or two written papers that demonstrate analytical and writing abilities are required. These will play a major role in the admission decision.
Applicants must also submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
For more information, please refer to our FAQs.
Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy
All graduate students in the Department of Music are enrolled for the Ph.D. degree and take a total of 72 credits of course work. However, after completing 36 points of credit, passing the general examination and one language examination, students are eligible for the M.A. as an interim degree. The M.A. degree is not automatically awarded; students must apply for it. However, we strongly recommend that qualified students take the degree and that they apply for it as soon as they are eligible. The application should be made well in advance of the date of the degree; the deadlines for degree registration (available in Fall, Spring, and Summer terms) are listed on the GSAS Academic Calendar.
Please refer to the GSAS Bulletin for more detailed information pertaining to GSAS Registration and Degree Requirements.