Applicants are normally expected to have earned an undergraduate degree with a major in music (B.A. or B.Mus.) and to possess strong analytical and writing skills. Applicants whose undergraduate major was in a subject other than music but who can demonstrate a strong background in music and are otherwise qualified may also be considered.
DEADLINE: All application materials must be received by December 1st.
- Applications are not considered complete until ALL MATERIALS in the “Core Graduate Application Materials” and the “Supplemental Application Materials” have arrived.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered.
CORE Graduate Application Materials
The following materials make up the CORE Graduate Application, and are REQUIRED for all applicants.
Available online in the month of September.
Follow instructions in online application (item 1 above) on how to submit transcripts.
3) REFERENCE LETTERS
Follow instructions in online application (item 1 above) on how to submit reference letters.
NOTE: Three (3) letters of reference are required. Waiving your right of access is optional but recommended. For more details regarding the reference letters, please visit the UCI Graduate Division website for Graduate Letters of Recommendation.
4) ACADEMIC ESSAY
Follow instructions in online application (item 1 above) on how to submit the academic essay.
NOTE: The academic essay must be in English and on a music topic. This may be fulfilled by the submission of an undergraduate paper or research paper of similar size and scope. We suggest ten (10) double-spaced pages; the paper should display your best prose style. It must be a PDF document.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international students who did not earn their undergraduate degree at an institution in the United States, or did not earn a diploma or degree in a country where English is considered the primary or dominant language. Please refer to the UCI Graduate Division website about English Proficiency for more information.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for all applicants to the PhD in the History and Theory of Music. Please refer to the UCI Graduate Division website about GRE requirements for more information. UCI’s institutional code is 4859.
SUPPLEMENTAL Application Materials:
- In addition to the CORE Graduate Application Materials listed above, all applicants to the PhD in Music History and Music Theory must also submit at least one additional writing sample (in addition to the writing sample described under “CORE Graduate Application Materials” above). Submit the additional writing sample(s) in one single PDF document in the Supplementary Materials section of the online application.
We guarantee five years of support for all students who remain in good standing, through a variable mix of fellowships and teaching assistantships.
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