Admission to graduate study at Case Western Reserve University is determined by the individual programs and departments, and is approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Applicants should contact the specific department or program to obtain information. 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. Questions should be addressed to the specific department or program.
The graduate programs of study at CWRU are listed here.
For comprehensive information, visit the School of Graduate Studies: Graduate Program Applications.
Musicology – All graduate applications and supporting materials are due to the CWRU Department of Music by December 15th of every year.
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 1st. Successful candidates will be invited for an on-campus audition on Saturday February 17th.
Music Education – All graduate applications and supporting materials are due to the CWRU Department of Music by January 15th of every year.
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.
We greatly appreciate as many digital submissions as possible. All supplemental materials can be uploaded within the ApplyYourself Application Network (please do not send materials by postal mail).
Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded with the application for review, but official transcripts are required to be admitted full standing.
Official transcripts (hard copies) can be sent to:
Case Western Reserve University
School of Graduate Studies
10900 Euclid Avenue
Tomlinson Hall, Room 203
Cleveland, OH 44106-7027
Transcripts can be sent directly from your academic institution. The School of Graduate Studies accepts certified electronic transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note to International Students: Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified translations in English.
GRE Scores: The institutional code for Case Western Reserve University is 1105. The School of Graduate Studies will forward all official score reports of standardized tests (GRE, TOEFL, etc.) to the Department of Music.
Language scores: Required minimum scores are 100 (TOEFL), 7 (IELTS), or 68 (PTE). (Applies to students for whom English is not the native language, or who have not completed a prior degree at an English-speaking institution.)
PhD in Musicology
MA and DMA in Historical Performance Practice
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 email@example.com .
If you have any questions about this process, please email Dr. Ross Duffin, Head of Historical Performance Practice.
PhD in Music Education
MA in Music Education
MA in Music Education with Teacher Licensure (MAL)
MAL Vocal Auditions: