Graduate Admission Process

Fall Admission Deadline

We are still accepting Graduation Applications

  • December 1: Application deadline for all Fall applicants. Pre-screening materials (if required) must also be submitted by this date, and all supporting materials, including the audition form.

Summer Admission Deadline (Music Education Only)

  • April 1: All application materials, including the audition, must be completed and submitted to receive full consideration for the summer music education program, as well as for a summer assistantship.
Admission Requirements Instructions
Application to Ithaca College

Applicants must submit the online Graduate Application and $40 application fee. Assistantship applicants must indicate their intentions on the online application.

More information: Graduate Assistantships

Audition Form

All applicants must submit the Audition Form to schedule an audition or interview with the School of Music. There are pre-screening audition requirements for Voice applicants to M.M. in Music Performance & M.M. in Music Education, as well as M.M. in Composition, and M.M. in Conducting applicants.

The Audition Form will ask applicants for:

  • Personal Statements:
    • What are your career goals and aspirations?
    • What are the skills and experiences you believe are most important to you achieving your career goals and aspirations?
    • Why do you believe Ithaca College and the School of Music are a good fit for you and your collegiate studies?
  • Letter(s) of recommendation: 
    • Applicants must provide the contact information for their reference(s) when completing the Audition Form. 
    • Reference(s) will be contacted via e-mail to complete an online Teacher Recommendation Form. 
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation are required for all applicants
    • Two (2) additional letters are required if applying for a graduate assistantship.
  • Résumé: 
    • Applicants must provide a brief résumé, including previous musical activities, honors and awards received, leadership activities or offices held, and other significant non-music activities.
  • Photo

There is a $30 submission fee for the Audition Form.

Undergraduate Transcripts

General admission to a degree program is granted to applicants who have a good undergraduate scholastic record (a 3.0 average on the 4.0 system is generally considered sufficient) and have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with at least 36 credits in music. Transcripts should be mailed to:

Ithaca College
Office of Admission
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Additional Requirements By Degree

M.M. in Composition Applicants must submit at least three representative original scores, and recordings if available. Scores should exhibit a variety of instrumentation and/or vocal forces. After an initial screening, selected candidates will be invited for a special interview with the composition faculty. Scores and recordings should be submitted online with the Audition Form. Hard copy of scores and recordings must be brought to the on-campus interview.
M.M. in Conducting Applicants are required to submit an initial screening video recording of a performing group they have conducted recently, approximately 15-20 minutes in length. Submissions should be made online with the Audition Form. It is preferred that the video recording has both performance and rehearsal excerpts and the conducting applicant be facing the camera. The purpose of this recording is to aid in the evaluation of the candidate's conducting competency.  Selected candidates will be invited for an in-person special audition which will include an interview and live conducting audition in the major area.
M.M. and M.S. in Music Education

Applicants must have completed the requirements for New York State initial or provisional certification, including successful practice teaching in music, or the equivalent requirements for another state, before beginning coursework. Generally, students entering this degree program have professional music teaching experience. All candidates must submit a 500-750 word scholarly essay on a contemporary issue in music education that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to craft the English language, using and citing scholarly sources. NYSED requires that all students entering programs in education complete some form of standardized test as part of their application. Please plan on taking the GRE and submit your results to fulfill this requirement. Applicants also must perform an audition on their major instrument or voice.

For summers-only M.M. in Music Education applicants, auditions are required only for those wishing to have private lessons. Required credits in performance studies may also be fulfilled through advanced instrumental techniques classes. No audition is required for students selecting this option.

Voice applicants interested in having private lessons must submit prescreening footage with their application to the School of Music. Review prescreening footage here.

M.M in Performance

Applicants must perform an audition on their major instrument or voice.

Voice applicants must submit prescreening footage with their application to the School of Music. Review prescreening requirements here.

M.M. Performance in COLLABORATIVE PIANO applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree, normally with a major in Piano Performance or Accompanying, from an accredited four-year institution with a minimum of 3.0 GPA preferred. An on-site audition/interview with the appropriate applied music faculty is also required for Collaborative Piano applicants. Additional language requirements for Collaborative pianists may be found in the document at the bottom of this page.

M.M. in Suzuki Pedagogy Applicants must perform an audition on their major instrument.

Tracking Your Application Status

Through the Application Checklist you can monitor what items we've received and what items are outstanding -- and track your decision.

Tuition Expenses

Tuition for all music degrees is calculated by the credit hour, and can be found online: https://www.ithaca.edu/gradadmission/finaid/tuitionfees/