Graduate Admissions

Audition Days

 Friday, January 31, 2025 (morning only)
Saturday, February 1, 2025 (afternoon only)
 *Saturday, February 15, 2025 (all day)
  • Graduate Applications: The deadline for all degree programs and specializations is December 15, 2024.
  • Required Auditions: All required auditions, whether in-person or video, must be completed by 5 p.m. February 15, 2025.
  • Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships: All graduate applicants are automatically considered for graduate assistantships and fellowships. No separate application is required. 
  • Summer MM-Music Education Fellowships: The priority consideration deadline is May 1, 2025.
*Preferred graduate audition day 

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 Theory 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 Dr. Gretchen Foley  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 theory topic

Master of Music

Option I - Plan B - Music Theory Emphasis

AreaCourseCredit HrsTotal Credits
Major Area Courses     18 hrs
  MUSC 856 Schenkerian Analysis 3 hrs  
  MUSC 857 Post-Tonal Theory 3 hrs  
  MUSC 941 Theory Pedagogy 3 hrs  
  MUSC 979 Seminar in Theory 3 hrs  
  MUSC 899  Thesis 6 hrs  
Other Music Studies     8 hrs
  MUSC 836-Intro to Grad Studies 2 hrs  
  Music History (see list of courses in Handbook) 6 hrs  
  MUSR 69-Recital Attendance (4 semesters) 0 hrs  
Electives (NOTE: 2 credits must be non-music theory)   4 hrs
    TOTAL: 30 hrs