School of Music
Supplemental content for MM in Composition
August 1 for Fall semester, December 15 for Spring semester, April 15 for Summer semester
International Student deadlines: July 1 for Fall Semester, November 1 for Spring semester
All materials need to be submitted by the deadline. Applications are read on a rolling basis.
Applicants are required to provide the following materials:
- Application: Online Application
- Application fee: Waived for all applicants.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
- International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
- An essay of 300-500 words on your professional goals
- A professional résumé
- Two letters of recommendation: Recommendations should be from individuals who are qualified, through direct experience with your academic or professional work, to comment on your ability to undertake graduate study and your chosen profession.
- Students whose first language is not English are required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or Duolingo. Applicants must submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores and requirements.
In addition, applicants to the School of Music graduate program in composition must fulfill the following requirements prior to enrollment:
- A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in music or music education
- An interview and portfolio review (by invitation only; see details below)
- Applicants in composition must also submit:
- Scores of three representative works from three different performance media showing originality and technical competence
- Recordings (CD, mp3, or url link) of three representative works (to correspond with scores above, if possible)
- Complete list of works with first performances arranged chronologically.
Music Interview and Portfolio Review
Once the application in the Office of Admissions is complete, the School of Music Graduate Studies Committee will review the materials and make a recommendation to the School's coordinator of graduate studies. The program advisor for composition will contact applicants selected for an interview.
Each degree program has specific audition requirements. Acceptance into an area of study is exclusive to that area, and a separate application and audition are required for each area. Due to the intensive and individualized nature of a graduate program in music, admission in specific areas will be limited.
In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:
- College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
- Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
- English proficiency test scores may be required for students whose first language is not English. See below for details.
Applicants whose first language is not English
Students whose first language is not English may be required to provide test scores or credentials for English language proficiency.
USM accepts the following test scores and qualifications for admission into graduate programs:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL): scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS): scores of 6.5 or higher
- Pearson Test of English (PTE): scores of 60 or higher
- Duolingo Test of English: scores of 105 or higher. Duolingo scores are being accepted on a trial for the 2022-23 academic year.
- Bachelor's degree taught with English instruction
Questions regarding your experience and the requirements can be addressed with the Office of Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Where to send transcripts and application materials
Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:
Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412
Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to email@example.com. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation
For more information about courses and credit hours, view our Program Requirements.