Bachelor's in Music Equivalency
Ordinarily, a bachelor's degree in music from an accredited college, university, conservatory, or its demonstrated equivalent is required for admission to the graduate division of the Jacobs School of Music.
Applicants to a diploma program with a non-degree-based conservatory education (resulting in an advanced diploma in performance, music history, or music theory) may be considered for entrance into the diploma programs as graduate students. Otherwise they will be considered for admission as an undergraduate student.
Applicant for a master’s degree holding a bachelor’s degree in an area other than music will be considered for entrance once they demonstrate bachelor's equivalency in music. Until they do, such applicants may be admitted to the Jacobs School of Music as non-degree graduate students or, exceptionally, into a performer diploma program. Bachelor's equivalency in music may be demonstrated by a successful audition or interview in the major field and by earning satisfactory scores on the Graduate Entrance Examinations in music history and music theory or by earning satisfactory grades in the corresponding graduate review courses. Equivalency is determined by the director of graduate studies.
The Graduate Entrance Examinations are tests given by the Jacobs School of Music during the orientation week that precedes every semester (typically late August, early January and early June).