M.M. - Composition

Important Dates

For priority consideration for funding (GTAs or fellowships), Graduate Applications must be completed by:

January 15th, 2019

(All Degrees Programs)

April 1st, 2019

(Summer MM-Music Educ ONLY)

Preferred graduate audition days:

February 8, 2019

Jazz auditions

February 9, 2019

All other graduate auditions, except conducting; conducting auditions will be arranged by the faculty

Submissions will be reviewed starting on January 15, 2019.

Screening Materials

For prospective Composition majors, these materials include uploaded scores and audio/video submission of scored materials (details below). These screening materials are due by January 15.


Application Checklist - Specific Requirements

You must begin by applying to the UNL Graduate College at: 
  • To start the whole process you must complete the UNL Graduate College application form (with its $50 application fee), available on-line at  www.unl.edu/gradstudies
  • The Graduate College application will send you to an on-line site called G.A.M.E.S., where you will begin the specific application for the Glenn Korff School of Music. You can save material in G.A.M.E.S. and return to it via its own website (see below) to complete the music application.
Complete your application to the Glenn Korff School of Music through G.A.M.E.S. at:
  • You will need your NUID and Password to login to this application.
  • You must upload all transcripts into MyRed.  You will need one copy of transcripts of all undergraduate work and all previous graduate work (including all studies for which credit was granted; e.g. summer institutes such as Aspen or Interlochen). Further information can be found at: https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/reqs#transcripts
  • We require:
    Undergraduate GPA = 2.75/4.00 scale
  • International Students (only) must enter their TOEFL score into G.A.M.E.S. and also have scores sent directly to UNL. Further information can be found at https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/international/english   We require:
    TOEFL minimum = Paper-550  Internet-79 (IELTS 6.5)
  • You will need to provide contact information, including an email address, for each person from whom you wish a reference. Then for each one you must click the send request button to notify your reference writer.
  • You will request an Audition/Interview for the Saturday Graduate Audition Day in February, and submit any and all required creative/scholarly works through G.A.M.E.S. For your video/audio submissions, you will be directed inside G.A.M.E.S. to another website called SlideRoom.
Prepared Creative/Scholarly Materials:  
  • Submit a portfolio of 3 to 5 scores (PDF), in an array of media and genres, directly through G.A.M.E.S. Your audio/video materials are handled through another website, SlideRoom, to which G.A.M.E.S. will direct you. The fee for audio submissions to SlideRoom (up to five files) is $6. Portfolios should be submitted not less than 4 weeks in advance of the scheduled audition day.
  • Schedule an interview/audition. To begin with, select the Saturday Graduate Audition Day in February within G.A.M.E.S.  You should then schedule the time of day of this interview directly by contacting the head of area Dr. Greg Simon
    This personal interview with members of our composition faculty is required. Discussion topics may include your background as a composer and performer, your theory proficiency, and other relevant topics.

Master of Music

Option I - Plan C - Music Composition Emphasis

Credit Hrs
Total Credits
Major Area Courses  
15 hrs
  MUCP 983-Composition
9 hrs
  MUSC 899-Thesis
6 hrs
  MUSR 98-Recital
0 hrs
Other Music Studies (Music Core)  
11 hrs
  MUSC 836-Intro to Grad Studies
2 hrs
  History and Theory
9 hrs
  Theory: (3 or 6 hrs)
  History: (3 or 6 hrs)
  MUSR 68-Recital Attendance (4 semesters)
0 hrs
4 hrs
30 hrs