Master of Music International Checklist and Application Fall 2017

This is the most important page for successful completion of your application to The Shepherd School of Music. For this reason, we ask that you refer to this page to be sure you have completed every applicable step!

Master of Music Application Checklist


Date Due

Application with all supplemental materials


December 1, 2016


Non-refundable application fee of $85


December 1, 2016


Three letters of recommendation: online application or the paper version.


December 20, 2016


Unofficial transcripts attached to the application,*


December 1, 2016


Official transcripts with Fall 2016 grades. Please send official electronic transcripts to Transcripts submitted should include an English translation from either the issuing school or from an accredited translation service. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required.


January 20, 2017


Copies of 2 – 4 programs of performances in which you participated during undergraduate study and/or the last two years attached to the application.* A program example is here.


December 1, 2016


Shepherd School Financial Assistance Application attached to the application*


December 1, 2016


Audition profile form for harp, organ, percussion, trombone and tuba


December 1, 2016


Online submission of the preliminary recording, if necessary, is accessed from the Audition Page


December 1, 2016


Composition applicants: online submission of your portfolio. Complete details can be found on the Master of Music Composition page.


December 1, 2016


Musicology applications only: Submit GRE scores (Rice institution code is 6609). Complete details are available on the Master of Music Musicology Audition page.


December 1, 2016


A TOEFL is required if your previous degree is not from a U.S. institution or your native language is not English. Performance diplomas or certificates do not suffice as a degree. The Shepherd School of Music requires a score of at least 100 on the iBT, 250 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 600 on the paper-based TOEFL. For students who choose to take the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) in lieu of the TOEFL, the minimum score is 7.0. Please arrange to have your scores sent to The Shepherd School or Music. Rice Institution Code: 6609.


January 3, 2017

*all application attachments must be in .pdf format

Begin your application here:
Submission of an Application and supplemental materials