International Graduate Music Applicants

Every year, a number of international students join our graduate music community.

Step 1: Complete the Application

Submit the online application.

Step 2: English Proficiency

Students whose first language is not English may meet English proficiency by submitting one of the following test scores:

  • TOEFL minimum 80iBT/550 paper based
  • IELTS minimum 6.5
  • iTEP minimum 3.9
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) minimum 105

Artist Diploma candidates whose primary language is not English must report a score of at least 45 on the TOEFL examination or 5.5 on the IELTS examination.

Step 3: Transcripts

To fulfill the international transcript requirement, please order one of the following international transcript evaluations approved through the University of Redlands for your coursework or degree earned outside the United States. Course-by-course evaluations are required and should define U.S. equivalency in degree completion, and degree cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Applicants should have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited undergraduate program and must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in music.

Step 4: Letters of Recommendation

Arrange to have two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to address your experience in relation to your possible success in your intended major field.

Step 5: Submit the Certificate of Finances

The U.S. government requires all international applicants to have the financial resources to pay for their school expenses.

  • Certificate of Finances and supporting financial documentation 
  • Scan or photocopy of biographical page from your passport and your dependents’ passports (if you will bring dependents)
  • Transfer Eligibility Form (only F-1 and J-1 transfer students now studying in the US)

U.S. government and university financial aid programs are not available for international students, but the Conservatory of Music does offer graduate assistantships based on the application and audition.

Step 6: Audition

Graduate applicants must audition on their major instrument or voice. Applicants to the Master of Music in Composition must only submit a portfolio of their work. Due to current COVID travel restrictions, all applicants must audition by video. You can schedule a virtual interview once you submit your audition. 

For information regarding audition repertoire and recorded auditions please see the Audition Requirements document.

If you have any questions contact the Director of Admissions for the School of Performing Arts, Brad Andrews, at (909) 748-8014.

Step 7: Schedule a Visit or Take a Virtual Tour

We know a visit is not possible right now, but when it is, we'd love to see you. Until then, take the virtual campus tour.