Graduate Admissions

The Moores School of Music's commitment to academic excellence and the highest performance standards has made the institution a vital resource in the educational and cultural life of this city.  The Moores School offers graduate students a rigorous program of study in both academic and performance areas, producing some of the most talented graduates who go on to become leaders in their fields.  The University of Houston offers the following graduate-level music programs:  Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, and Certificate in Music Performance.  Areas of concentration include collaborative piano, composition, conducting, performance,  music education;  musicology, music theory, pedagogy, and sacred music.  With over 80 faculty members and 600 students, the Moores School of Music provides graduate students a plethora of performance opportunities, and provides Houston with a richly diverse source of musical experiences.   As the fourth largest city in America, the city of Houston provides our students with a wide array of opportunities for culturally diverse experience.  MSM graduate students are also exposed to the many professional, religious, and community-based performance opportunities the city has to offer.

Application Information/Deadlines

Auditions Dates/Information

Academic Information

Financial Assistance

Application Process 

Applicants to the Moores School of Music must first complete the UH Graduate School application before proceeding to the Moores School of Music application.  Both applications provide students with the opportunity to upload all of their required documents and video recordings appropriately.

See below for information on other documents required for the MM, DMA, and CMP applications.  All documents (except transcripts & test scores) are uploaded into the UH Graduate School application and recordings are uploaded into the Moores School of Music online application.  **Letters of recommendation are requested directly from the UH Graduate School application to the recommender through electronic upload.    During the online application, applicants are asked for the names & email addresses of their recommending persons.  Those individuals will be contacted directly to submit their recommendations.  Letters of recommendation should not be mailed or emailed to the Moores School of Music or the UH Graduate School. 

All graduate applicants are required to submit official transcripts for all collegiate-level work to:

University of Houston
Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 3947
Houston, Texas 77253-3947

If your previous institution uses the eScript electronic transcript system, copies can be submitted to gradschool@uh.edu .

Additionally, the State of Texas requires that all incoming graduate students provide proof that they have received the appropriate previous collegiate degree(s) in order to enter any graduate program.  Students who apply while enrolled at another institution will be required to submit an additional, final transcript to the UH Graduate Admissions Office upon completion of their degree.  (Example, a Master of Music applicant who is accepted during their senior undergraduate year must send a final transcript [showing degree conferral] after graduating). 

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Stacia Morgan Dunn, graduate advisor, at gradmusic@uh.edu

UH Application MSM Application

Graduate Admissions Calendar

  October 1   Spring Semester Admission Deadline
All admissions materials for all programs for spring semester admission should be submitted by this date, including all documents, test scores, and recordings.
  December 1   Priority Deadline for Fall Admission
Applicants who submit all documents, test scores, and recordings by this date will receive priority consideration for audition scheduling, scholarship awarding, and admission placement. 
  March 15   Late/Final Application Deadline for Fall Admission
This is the deadline for all non-auditioned specializations, and also final deadline for all Fall 2014 admissions materials.  Students applying in auditioned specializations may submit documents, test scores, and recordings as late as March 15; however, these applications will be considered after all students meeting the December 1 priority deadline.  Please note: any student wanting to performing a live audition must have a complete admission application at least 10 business days prior to the audition date, otherwise they will only be able to submit a recorded audition. 

Graduate Admission Checklist

Below are application materials checklists for the following programs:

Master of Music

1. UH Graduate School Application
2. Application fee, paid through the UH Graduate School Application ($100 domestic students/$175 international students)
3. Official copies of ALL college transcripts sent to the UH Graduate School
4. Statement of purpose (minimum of 250 words)
5. Complete CV / résumé (including relevant professional and performance experience)
6. Three (3) letters of recommendation from a music professional [Recommenders will be contacted directly by UH after completion of the UH Graduate School Application]
7. Moores School of Music Online Application
8. High-quality video recording for all performance, pedagogy, collaborative, and conducting applicants, to be used for preliminary evaluation purposes before audition/interview invitation is extended. 
9. International students, see below for additional requirements.
Additional Requirements, based on specialization:
Voice applicants: Preliminary evaluation video recording should contain 5 pieces (including 1 at least aria); comprehensive repertoire list; and printed program from the student's last degree recital
Woodwind/Brass applicants: Preliminary video recording should include one piece or short excerpts that exhibit contrasting lyrical and technical styles. The pre-screening upload should be no more than 10 minutes in length.
Composition Official GRE scores (should be submitted to UH by the deadline; a portfolio of composition work (for details, click here)
Conducting: Preliminary evaluation video recording should contain at least 10 minutes of applicant conducting in rehearsal settings and at least 10 minutes in concert settings
Musicology: Official GRE Scores (should be submitted to UH by the deadline); two (2) research papers (at least one must be from an undergraduate music history/literature class)
Music Theory: Official GRE Scores (should be submitted to UH by the deadline); samples of theoretical papers
Music Education: Official GRE Scores (should be submitted to UH by the deadline); statement of student's teaching philosophy; copy of teaching certificate or certification plan; a high-quality 20-30 minute teaching video

Doctor of Musical Arts

1. UH Graduate School Application
2. Application fee, paid through the UH Graduate School Application ($100 domestic/$175 international)
3. Official copies of ALL college transcripts sent to the UH Graduate School
4. Official GRE Scores for ALL applicants, submitted to the university by the application deadline.  There is no exemption from this requirement.  The Moores School of Music does not publish a minimum GRE score; all portions of the GRE score are used as part of a holistic view of the applicant's academic capabilities.
5. Statement of purpose (minimum of 250 words)
6. Three (3) letters of recommendation from a music professional [Recommenders will be contacted directly by UH after completion of the UH Graduate School Application]
7. Complete CV / résumé (including relevant professional and performance experience)
8. A scholarly writing sample (term paper, thesis, etc) of at least ten pages which includes citations and evidence of research ability and original thought
9. Moores School of Music Online Application
10. High-quality video recording for all performance, collaborative, music education and conducting applicants, to be used for preliminary evaluation purposes before audition invitation is extended.
11. International students, see below for additional requirements.
Additional Requirements, based on specialization:
Voice applicants: Preliminary evaluation recording should contain 5 pieces (including 1 at least aria); comprehensive repertoire list; and printed program from the student's last degree recital
Woodwind/Brass applicants: Preliminary video recording should include one piece or short excerpts that exhibit contrasting lyrical and technical styles. The pre-screening upload should be no more than 10 minutes in length.
Collaborative Piano: Preliminary evaluation recording should contain one solo memorized work from the standard classical repertoire and two collaborative works representing contrasting styles and periods; complete repertoire list
Composition Portfolio of previous composition works (for details, click here); a curriculum vita
Conducting: Preliminary evaluation video recording should contain at least 10 minutes of applicant conducting in rehearsal settings and at least 10 minutes in concert settings
Music Education: A curriculum vita, student's teaching philosophy, copy of teaching certificate or certification plan, a 20-30 minute teaching video
Piano Performance: Preliminary evaluation video recording should contain two memorized works of contrasting styles and periods from the standard classical repertoire; comprehensive repertoire list

Certificate in Music Performance

1. UH Graduate School Application
2. Application fee, paid through UH Graduate School Application ($100 domestic/$175 international)
3. Official copies of ALL college transcripts sent to the UH Graduate School
4. Performer's Dossier (including curriculum vitae, performance reviews, professional references, repertoire list, printed programs, and other appropriate materials)
5. Two (2) letters of recommendation from a music professional [Recommenders will be contacted directly by UH after completion of the UH Graduate School Application]
6. Moores School of Music Online Application
7. High-Quality video recording to be used for preliminary evaluation before audition invitation is extended.  For video requirements, click here.
8. International students, see below for additional requirements.
Additional Requirements, based on specialization:
Voice applicants: Printed program from last degree recital, complete repertoire list

International Students

In addition to the requirements listed for each program above, international applicants must also follow all instructions provided at the International Admissions website.  Specifically:
1. In addition to 2 transcripts, students must also submit copies of degrees/diplomas received from each institution.
2. Students must provide certified English translations of all transcripts and diplomas not written in English.  Details here.
3. Student must provide proof of completing the university's English language requirement.  The minimum acceptable scores on the standardized exams are: TOEFL: 79 (internet-based) or 550 (paper-based); IELTS: 6.5.  Scores must be received by university by the application deadline.  Students will not be allowed to audition unless they have provided proof of fulfilling this requirement.
If admitted: students will need to provide additional documents, including proof of financial backing and passport, to the International Admissions office in order to process their I-20 form.