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Graduate Application Process

Students who wish to enroll in the LSU School of Music’s graduate program must be admissible to Louisiana State University Graduate School and successfully pass an audition with the School of Music. These two steps occur simultaneously.

Below is a step-by-step guide to applying, with extensive reference information, to help make the application process as smooth as possible for students.

Step 1 | Apply to LSU
Step 2 | Set Up Auditions or Interviews
Step 3 | Document Submission
Step 4 | Information Review
Important Deadlines

Graduate applicants should submit their application and pre-screening recordings (if applicable), by December 1 to receive priority consideration for funding awards.  Late pre-screenings and applications will be considered if space is available.

All pre-screening recordings MUST be a video and submitted via Acceptd.  All recorded auditions require a $30 system fee paid through Acceptd.

Applicants must complete their audition/interview by February 15. This deadline applies to both live and recorded auditions.

Auditions/interviews are scheduled based on the applicants preferred date/means as indicated on their audition form and/or by invitation.

Graduate Degree Programs
Master of Music

The Master of Music Degree at LSU is offered in the following areas:

  • Collaborative Keyboard
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Performance
  • Piano Pedagogy

A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit (33 for the MM in Music Theory) is required to complete the degree. Up to six hours of graduate credit may be transferred from another institution if such credit satisfies required or elective courses at LSU and is approved by the Area Coordinator of the course area. The master’s degree must be completed within five years.

Admission to this degree program is by audition only. Requirements and procedures vary from area to area; you are encouraged to check with the Director of Graduate Studies for the specific requirements of your instrument or voice type. Taped auditions are possible; however a live audition is preferable.

Doctor of Musical Arts

The Doctor of Musical Arts degree is offered with specializations in:

  • Choral Conducting
  • Orchestral Conducting
  • Wind Conducting
  • Performance (brass, organ, piano, percussion, strings, voice, and woodwinds).

The curriculum is designed to prepare students to be artist-performers and conductors in either university settings or in the professional arena.

A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit (33 for the MM in Music Theory) is required to complete the degree. Up to six hours of graduate credit may be transferred from another institution if such credit satisfies required or elective courses at LSU and is approved by the Area Coordinator of the course area. The master’s degree must be completed within five years.

Details on admission to the Wind Conducting specialization can be found on the Department of Bands website.

For other specializations, please contact the appropriate area head.

Doctor of Philosophy in Music

The Board of Regents has recently approved the consolidation of all Ph.D. programs in the School of Music into a Doctor of Philosophy in Music degree with concentrations in:

  • Composition
  • Experimental Music & Digital Media
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology

COMPOSITION | The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum in Composition is offered to students who show promise as outstanding composers. This degree requires 78 acceptable hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree (48 hours beyond the master’s degree in music.)

EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC & DIGITAL MEDIA | The PhD curriculum in Experimental Music & Digital Media (EM/DM) is designed to prepare students to be composers, performers or music researchers whose work explores music technology, digital media and experimentation in either professional or academic settings. Graduates will also be prepared to teach electroacoustic music, digital media and music technology at the college-university level.

MUSIC EDUCATION | The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum in Music Education is offered to students who show promise as outstanding researchers and master teachers of music. The degree is awarded to candidates who complete the course of study with distinction, demonstrating outstanding ability in original research, scholarly study, and excellence in teaching.

The degree requires 83 acceptable hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree (53 hours beyond the master’s degree in music).

MUSICOLOGY | The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum in Musicology is intended to develop in students the knowledge, concepts, and techniques for research in music and to prepare students for teaching music history at the college/university level. The curriculum also serves as a gateway to careers in such fields as librarianship, editing, publishing, broadcasting, journalism, film production, law, and arts/graphics.

The degree requires 83 acceptable hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree (51 hours beyond the master’s degree in musicology).

MUSIC THEORY | The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum in Music Theory is intended to develop in students the knowledge, concepts, and techniques for research in music theory and to prepare students for teaching at the college/university level.
The degree requires 81 acceptable hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree (51 hours beyond the master’s degree in music).