Ph.D. Music Education - Apply Now

Admission Criteria

Application Process

Begin by applying online at

  1. Create an account.
  2. Complete your application.
  • You will be asked to provide GRE scores (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing; not more than 5 years old; no specific minimum score required)
  • 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: MM GPA = 3.50/4.00 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 100 or IELTS 7.0 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.
  • You will need to submit any “Prepared Creative /Scholarly Materials Requirement” marked with an asterisks (*) below as part of the initial application process.
  1. 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.
  2. 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 by going to and clicking on “Apply Now.” Once the account has been created, scroll down on this page and select “GKSOM-Priority GA Graduate Application Material Submission (2022).”

Prepared Creative/Scholarly Materials Requirements:

*  Cover letter of Application

*  Vitae/Resume

*  Statement of Purpose (500-700 words; Times, 12-point font; Word, rtf or pdf format; double-spaced). Statement should be written by the pplicant describing his/her future goals and how the PhD can help attain those goals. (This statement will help the Committee evaluation the fit between the applicant’s goals/interests and the School’s ability to address those goals/interests.)

*  Evidence of Writing Ability (send copies of theses, articles, grants, etc.)

•  Video samples of teaching showing at least two different teaching settings, not to exceed 10 minutes. Please include a brief narrative describing the context of the educational environment (i.e. class being taught, level of learners, goals and objectives, etc.). (NOTE ABOUT VIDEO FILE SUBMISSIONS: The maximum file size of a single video is 120Mb, split large video submissions into pieces that are logical and under the file-size limits. We suggest that you review all submitted files carefully.)

NOTE: Schedule an interview in person, by phone, or by video conference by contacting Dr. Rhonda Fuelberth, Chair of Graduate Music Education