Important Dates

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

December 15, 2019

(All Degrees Programs)

April 1, 2020

(Summer MM-Music Educ ONLY)

Preferred graduate audition days:

January 31, 2020

Jazz auditions

February 1, 2020

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

Submissions will be reviewed starting on December 15, 2019.

Application Checklist - Specific Requirements

Begin by applying online at

  1. Create an account.
  2. Complete your application.
  • You will be asked to upload scanned copies of your transcripts showing all postsecondary coursework completed, including all studies for which credit was granted (e.g. summer institutes such as Aspen or Interlochen). Further information can be found at We require: Undergraduate GPA = 2.75/4.00 scale.
  • Students whose native language is not English or who have not previously earned a degree from an institution at which English is the official medium of instruction must enter their TOEFL or IELTS score and upload a copy of their score report. Official scores should be sent directly to UNL. Further information can be found at We require: TOEFL iBT 79 or IELTS 6.5 overall band score.
  • You will need to provide contact information, including an email address, for each person from whom you wish a reference. For each recommender, click the Submit Recommendation Request button to send a letter request to your reference writer. A minimum of three letters of recommendation is required.
  • You will need to submit any “Prepared Creative /Scholarly Materials Requirement” marked with an asterisks below as part of the initial application process.

    3.  Submit your application and pay the application fee of $50 ($25  if you are currently an active student at UNL). After you’ve clicked “Submit,” validated  your information, and paid the application fee, you’ll receive a confirmation email indicating that the application was successfully submitted and providing a link to request an audition/interview date.

    4. Submit required “Prepared Creative /Scholarly Materials Requirements” (see below) marked with a bullet via SlideRoom, a resource manager of The Common Application. A SlideRoom account can be created at Scroll down and click on the “GKSOM-Graduate Application Material Submission.”

 Prepared Creative/Scholarly Materials Requirements: To assist candidates in achieving success in the required audition, the following requirements have been set by the area.  Please refer to the list below in knowing how to prepare.

Jazz Studies (Performance) Audition Information

To assist candidates in achieving success, the following requirements for the audition have been set by the area.  Please refer to the list below in planning your preparation.

  1. American Popular/Jazz Standard that utilizes common ii-V-I progressions (such as:  All the Things You Are, Have You Met Mrs. Jones, Stella By Starlight)
  2. Blues (using common ii-V-I progressions or "Bird Blues") in the key of your choice
  3. A selection based on "Rhythm Changes"

Jazz Studies (Composition) Creative/Scholarly Materials & Interview Information 

* Submit a portfolio of 3 to 5 scores (PDF), in an array of media and jazz genres.

• Submit audio score screening materials

NOTE: Schedule an interview/audition (link to be provided after application is submitted). The Graduate Audition day date is preferred. 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. Portfolios should be submitted not less than 4 weeks in advance of the scheduled audition day.


Master of Music

Option III - Jazz Studies

AreaCourseCredit HrsTotal Credits
Major Area Courses     19 hrs
  MUSC 867 Jazz Improvisation 3 hrs  
  MUSC 868 Jazz Pedagogy 3 hrs  
  MUSC 865 Jazz Theory 3 hrs  
  Select 6 credits from: 6 hrs  
     MUSC 837 Jazz History:  Origins to Bop (3) hrs  
     MUSC 838 Jazz History:  Post Bop (3) hrs  
     MUSC 898 ST:  Small Group Arranging (3) hrs  
     MUSC 898 ST:  Large Group Arranging (3) hrs  
  Large Ensemble 2-4 hrs  
     MUEN 845L  UNL Jazz Orchestra (0-1) hrs  
     MUEN 845M UNL Big Band (0-1) hrs  
  Chamber Music 0-2 hrs  
     MUEN 844Y  Jazz Small Groups (0-1) hrs  
  MUSR 98 Recital 0 hrs  
Other Music Studies (Music Core)     17 hrs
  MUAP/MUCP Applied Music/Composition 12 hrs  
  MUSC 836 Introduction to Graduate Studies 2 hrs  
  Select 3 credits from: 3 hrs  
     MUSC 941  Theory Pedagogy (3) hrs  
     MUSC 942  History Pedagogy (3) hrs  
  MUSR 68 - Recital Attendance (4 semesters) 0 hrs  
    TOTAL: 36 hrs