Graduate Admission:

Applicants should contact a specific department or program to obtain information. Addresses for departments are in the Program Information section of the application or listed on their individual websites. All supplemental materials must be submitted to the department to which the applicant applies. All materials become the property of the School of Graduate Studies and will not be returned. For more information, please review the School of Graduate Studies Admissions Information.

If recommended for admission by the department, the School of Graduate Studies will then make the final decision on your application. If you have been accepted with conditions outlining the need to submit one or more official documents, you can view which documents are missing by logging back in to the online application system and viewing your admission letter.

For comprehensive information, visit the School of Graduate Studies:

Deadlines:

Musicology – All graduate applications and supporting materials are due to the CWRU Department of Music by December 15.

Historical Performance Practice – All graduate applications and supporting materials (including a prescreening audition video – see below for further information) are due to the CWRU Department of Music by January 1.  Successful candidates will be invited for an on-campus audition in February. Contact Dr. Peter Bennett, Head of Historical Performance Practice with questions.

Music Education
 – All graduate applications and supporting materials are due to the CWRU Department of Music by January 15. 

While CWRU does accept graduate students in the spring semester, it is the Music Department’s policy that all new graduate students enter in the fall semester.

How to Submit:

We greatly appreciate as many digital submissions as possible. All supplemental materials can be uploaded within the online application system. This is also where you can view your admission letter.

Official Transcripts
PDFs sent by email are not considered official and cannot be used for verification purposes. Official transcripts must come directly from the institution either mailed in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to the addresses below. International students – Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified translations in English.

Official hard copy transcripts and degree verification can be mailed to:

Case Western Reserve University
School of Graduate Studies – Tomlinson 203
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Official electronic transcripts can be sent to:

gradtranscripts@case.edu

Note: Please do not send official transcripts to the School of Graduate Studies until you have been offered admission. During the application process, send CVs/resumes, references, writing samples, or personal statements directly to the department for review unless they have already been included in your online application.

International Students: Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified translations in English.

Test Scores
Your department will identify required standardized tests. Case Western Reserve University’s Institutional Code on ETS for the GRE and TOEFL is 1105. The GRE is valid for five years after the test date. The TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE are all valid for two years after the test date. You only need to record scores onto the application, you do not need to send official test scores unless you are formally admitted.

  • International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. If accepted to a program, international students cannot matriculate without submitting an official language score meeting the minimum requirements. The minimum language scores to gain admission are as follows:
    • TOFEL: 90 on the Internet-based or a 577 if paper-based.
    • IELTS: 7.0
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic): 61.
  • The following departments require higher language scores: Art History, and Art History and Museum Studies, Biomedical Engineering, and the Master of Engineering and Management (MEM). Those passing scores are 100 on the TOEFL, 7.0 on the IELTS and 68 on PTE-Academic.
  • The language test requirement will be waived if you have completed a bachelors or masters degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction. See the Language Score section for more information on waiving the requirement. There are no waivers for the PhD in Organizational Behavior.

All applicants should apply online and submit the following materials within the online application system:

  • Transcripts (see above)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose/Objectives
  • CV and/or Resume
  • Writing Sample(s)
  • TOEFL (only needed if English is not the native language and you have not completed a degree at a US institution)

Additional requirements for specific degrees:

PhD in Musicology

  • 2 Writing Samples (paper, chapter, article, thesis)
  • GRE Scores for the General Exam (Music GRE not required)

MA and DMA in Historical Performance Practice

  • 2 Writing Samples (paper, chapter, article, thesis)
  • GRE Scores for the General Exam (Music GRE not required)
  • Pre-Screen by January 1

Applicants should provide videos of three pieces of differing style and character. You may perform the pieces as a solo or in a small ensemble: if you are performing in an ensemble, you should be identified and clearly visible throughout the audition video.

The videos should be uploaded to YouTube and the links (which may be unlisted if you wish) emailed to musicgradapps@case.edu .

If you have any questions about this process, please email Dr. Peter Bennett, Head of Historical Performance Practice.

PhD in Music Education

  • Writing Sample (paper, chapter, article, thesis)
  • After a review of applicants, you may be asked to do the following:
    • Interview
    • Teaching Demonstration

MA in Music Education

  • Writing Sample (paper, chapter, article, thesis)
  • Copy of current teaching license/certificate
  • 1-2 page personal statement of philosophy of music education
  • After a review of applicants, you may be asked to do the following:
    • Interview

MA in Music Education with Teacher Licensure (MAL)

  • Writing Sample (paper, chapter, article, thesis)
  • After a review of applicants, you may be asked to do the following:
    • Interview
    • Audition

MAL Vocal Auditions:

  • THREE MEMORIZED SELECTIONS. These songs should represent contrasting styles chosen from genres such as 17th and 18th century songs, early Italian art songs, 19th and 20th century art songs, folk songs, and arias from oratorio or opera repertoire. One selection must be in a foreign language and one selection must be in English.
  • An accompanist will be provided for on-campus voice auditions. Students must provide the accompanist with the music for all pieces in the proper keys.
  • For additional information regarding vocal auditions, please contact Dr. Matthew Garrett.