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Graduate Application Process

Master of Music applicants and Artist Diploma applicants each have their own set of guidelines for admission to the Mary Pappert School of Music.  Click on the appropriate tab below.  If you are not a United States citizen or green card holder, please scroll down for guidelines specific to international students.

Master of Music

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree, a college-level conservatory diploma or their foreign equivalent in music.

The following items constitute a complete application:

  • 1. Completed and signed application form.
  • 2. Check or money order for $50 non-refundable application fee, made payable to Duquesne University.
  • 3. Three letters of recommendation from professionals in the field who can attest to the applicant’s qualifications sent to the Director of Music Admissions (see below).
  • 4. Official transcripts from each institution attended, including any attended during summer sessions, regardless of whether credit was received. Please ask the registrar of each college or university to send official transcripts to the Director of Music Admissions (see below).
  • 5. Statement of Purpose typed on an additional sheet of paper (approximately 250 words) describing goals and objectives for enrolling in the graduate program.
  • 6. Additional requirements pertinent to each Master of Music degree program. (see admission requirements of intended degree track).

 

Mail application materials to:

Troy Centofanto
Director of Music Admission
Graduate Division
Mary Pappert School of Music
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

All application materials must be completed and received by the School of Music no later than one month prior to the beginning of the term in which the applicant anticipates commencing graduate work. An interview may be required to further ascertain the applicant’s ability.  All official documents which are accepted toward admission become the property of the University.


Artist Diploma
Admission Requirements

Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree, master's degree, a college-level conservatory diploma or their foreign equivalent in music.

General Regulations
Time Limitations

Artist Diploma students will be enrolled full time for four consecutive semesters or two academic years of study.

Transfer of Credits

The program consists of 30 credits taken at Duquesne University. No credits may be transferred from any other institution.

The following items constitute a complete application:

  1. Completed and signed application form.
  2. Check or money order for $50 non-refundable application fee, made payable to Duquesne University.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from outstanding professionals familiar with the applicant's performance. Send letters to the Director of Music Admissions (see below).
  4. Official undergraduate and master's transcripts covering all work taken or in progress at each college, conservatory and university attended. Please ask the registrar of each college or university to send official transcripts to the Director of Music Admissions (see below).
  5. Solo repertory list.
  6. Evidence of performing experience, such as programs, reviews, etc.
  7. Audition: DVDs, CDs and videotapes may be acceptable for a preliminary audition, although applicants should expect to audition at the University before a faculty panel.

 

Mail application materials to:

Troy Centofanto
Director of Music Admissions, Graduate Division
Mary Pappert School of Music
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

 

All application materials must be completed and received by the School of Music no later than one month prior to the beginning of the term in which the applicant anticipates commencing graduate work. An interview may be required to further ascertain the applicant’s ability.  All official documents which are accepted toward admission become the property of the University.


Master of Music (International)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree, a college-level conservatory diploma or their foreign equivalent in music.

The following items constitute a complete application:

  • 1. Completed and signed application form.
  • 2. Check or money order for $50.00 USD non-refundable application fee, made payable to Duquesne University.
  • 3. Three letters of recommendation by persons in authority at the applicant's former institutions, one of which should be from the chair of the department in which the major field of study was completed. Send letters to the Director of Music Admissions (see below).
  • 4. Official transcripts, in English, from each institution attended, including any attended during summer sessions, regardless of whether credit was received. Please ask the registrar of each college or university to send official transcripts to the Director of Music Admissions (see below).
  • 5. Statement of Purpose typed on an additional sheet of paper (approximately 250 words) describing goals and objectives for enrolling in the graduate program.
  • 6. Additional requirements pertinent to each Master of Music degree program. (see admission requirements of intended degree track).
  • 7. Affidavit, in English, from a financial institution documenting the applicant's ability to finance their entire education and living expenses while in the United States. If governments or parents supply financial support, and affidavit certifying the amount to be furnished. Currency must be translated into United States dollars.
  • 8. TOEFL scores.

 

Mail application materials to:

Troy Centofanto
Director of Music Admissions, Graduate Division
The Mary Pappert School of Music
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282, USA

All application materials must be completed and received by the School of Music no later than one month prior to the beginning of the term in which the applicant anticipates commencing graduate work. An interview may be required to further ascertain the applicant’s ability.  All official documents which are accepted toward admission become the property of the University.

Artist Diploma (International)
Admission Requirements

Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree, master's degree, a college-level conservatory diploma or their foreign equivalent in music.

General Regulations
Time Limitations

Artist Diploma students will be enrolled full time for four consecutive semesters or two academic years of study.

Transfer of Credits

The program consists of 30 credits taken at Duquesne University. No credits may be transferred from any other institution.

The following items constitute a complete application:

  1. Completed and signed application form.
  2. Check or money order for $50 non-refundable application fee, made payable to Duquesne University.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from outstanding professionals familiar with the applicant's performance. Send letters to the Director of Music Admissions (see below).
  4. Official undergraduate and master's transcripts, in English, covering all work taken or in progress at each college, conservatory and university attended. Please ask the registrar of each college or university to send official transcripts to the Director of Music Admissions (see below).
  5. Solo repertory list.
  6. Evidence of performing experience, such as programs, reviews, etc.
  7. Audition: DVDs, CDs and videotapes may be acceptable for a preliminary audition, although applicants should expect to audition at the University before a faculty panel.
  8. Affidavit, in English, from a financial institution documenting the applicant's ability to finance their entire education and living expenses while in the United States. If governments or parents supply financial support, an affidavit certifying the amount to be furnished. Currency must be translated into United States dollars.

 

Mail application materials to:

Troy Centofanto
Director of Music Admissions, Graduate Division
Mary Pappert School of Music
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282 USA

All application materials must be completed and received by the School of Music no later than one month prior to the beginning of the term in which the applicant anticipates commencing graduate work. An interview may be required to further ascertain the applicant’s ability.  All official documents which are accepted toward admission become the property of the University.