Music Composition (M.M.)

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Application Deadlines*:

Domestic Applicants:
SpringDecember 1
Fall July 1
International Applicants:
SpringOctober 1
Fall May 1

*Deadlines are subject to change. Deadline extensions may be granted on a case by case. Please contact Graduate Admissions for more information 

Music Composition (M.M.)

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
  • Official documentation of English Language Proficiency  (TOEFL/IELTS) if applicable
  • 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.
    • Portfolio must be directly sent to the Graduate Coordinator of Music Dance and Theatre Department. Please find Coordinators for each track below:
    • Gilles Bernard 



      Desamparados Fabra Crespo 


      Greg Giannascoli 


      Celil Kaya 


      Min Kim 


      Martha Mooke 


      Robert Prowse 



  • 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.


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Phone: 201-200-3409