Music Composition (M.M.)

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Admission requirements:

  • A completed graduate application form, including a $55 non-refundable application fee
  • A 250-500 word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing admission to the degree program to which you are applying
  • Official transcripts from all previous U.S. colleges attended or official NACES course-by-course evaluation of any foreign transcripts*
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Professional Resume or CV
  • Portfolio
    • Several original compositions, which may include at least one work in each of the following categories
      • A composition for a large ensemble (orchestra, symphonic band, or chorus)
      • A composition for a small Ensemble (vocal with keyboard or instrumental accompaniment, a cappella choir, or a chamber ensemble)
      • A composition for a solo instrument or voice (with or without accompaniment)
    • At least three of the compositions must be of sufficient duration to demonstrate skill in handling a fully developed structure.
    • Two copies of a CD/MP3/.wav
    • All compositions that use (a) graphic or non-standard notation or (b) aleatoric elements or (c) taped/electronic sounds, must be accompanied by CD recordings.
    • Must directly send to the Graduate Coordinator of Music Dance and Theatre Department
  • Official documentation of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) or waiver if applicable


  • An undergraduate degree with a major in music, or in exceptional cases, a proven equivalency in music theory, music history, and repertory.
  • Proficiency in performance on a major instruments or voice.

*Note: NJCU does not evaluate international transcripts. In lieu of a transcript, applicants with a non-U.S. degree need to submit a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES Accredited Member that includes U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency information for their coursework.

Priority Application Deadlines:
Domestic Applicants
Fall: July 1
Spring: December 1

International Applicants
Fall: May 1
Spring: November 1

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