Important Dates

For priority consideration for Graduate Assistantships and/or Fellowships, two deadlines must be met:

December 15, 2023

Completion of graduate applications for all degree programs/specializations

(The priority consideration deadline for Summer MM-Music Education fellowships is May 1, 2023)

 January 27, 2024

Graduate audition day and deadline for completion of all *required auditions

(*Conducting auditions must be completed by January 24, 2024) 

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; four recommendation letters are recommended.

    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 you with a link to submit information regarding your graduate assistant preferences. (Neither an audition or an interview is required for this degree.) NOTE: MM Music History applicants do not need to submit to an in-person interview as part of their application process. They are, however, encouraged to visit the Glenn Korff School of Music to meet the faculty, sit in on classes, visit with current students, and learn up-close about the opportunities available here. To schedule a visit, please contact Prof. Anthony Bushard at We would also encourage applicants to schedule a Skype/FaceTime interview if a "live" visit doesn't work.

 Prepared Creative/Scholarly Materials Requirements:

 *Examples of scholarly/creative materials, such as an analytical term paper or research document on a music history topic.

Master of Music

Option I - Plan A - Music History Emphasis

AreaCourseCredit HrsTotal Credits
Major Area Courses     18 hrs
  MUSC 986 Seminar in History/Literature 3 hrs  
  MUSC 942 Pedagogy of Music History 3 hrs  
  Music History (see list of courses in Handbook) 6 hrs  
  MUSC 899  Thesis 6 hrs  
Other Music Studies(Music Core)     8 hrs
  MUSC 836-Intro to Grad Studies 2 hrs  
  MUSC 941 (Theory Ped), MUSC 979 (Theory Sem), MUSC 861 (Comp Analysis), or MUSC 856 (Schenkerian) 3 hrs  
  Music Theory (see list of courses in Handbook) 3 hrs  
  MUSR 69-Recital Attendance (4 semesters) 0 hrs  
Electives (NOTE: 2 credits must be non-music history)   4 hrs
    TOTAL: 30 hrs