Whether you are just beginning your musical career or continuing your professional studies, the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University prepares you to be a leader in the creative field of music. For specific information regarding each degree program, please see the University Catalogs.
All applicants for undergraduate admission to the Mary Pappert School of Music must complete the standard University undergraduate admissions application form and supply all other documentation required by the University Office of Admissions. Entrance to the Mary Pappert School of Music requires acceptance by both the University Office of Admissions and the School of Music.
Music School Admissions
School of Music applicants must also complete an audition*. Applicants are expected to appear in person. Students who are unable to attend may submit a recorded performance for review and evaluation (DVD or YouTube recordings are preferred). Applicants may schedule an audition by completing the online audition request form. Arrangements to schedule auditions must be made at least two weeks in advance of the desired date.
* Applicants for Post-baccalaureate Certification in Music Education or Music Therapy are not required to complete the formal audition process. Individual musicianship appointments are required. For more information regarding these requirements, please contact the Chair of Music Education or the Director of Music Therapy.
Financial Aid and Scholarships Available
100% of music school freshmen receive some form of financial assistance. Academic scholarship opportunities are ongoing based on merit and GPA.
Music scholarship awards are based on the performance portion of the audition process. Awards are announced prior to the deadline for deposit to the University. Applicants will receive notification of the amount and conditions of their music awards. Other forms of financial aid for which a student has applied, based on financial need or academic achievement, are handled directly through the University's Financial Aid Office. Information on additional aid programs may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office at 412.396.6607.
Entrance to the Mary Pappert School of Music requires acceptance by both the University Office of Admissions and the School of Music. Acceptance by the School of Music requires successful completion of the audition.
Applicants will receive unofficial notification of acceptance to the School of Music, usually within one week of the audition, with official written confirmation mailed from the Duquesne University Admissions Office at a later date.
Applicants for the graduate division must successfully complete the music school graduate application process. All applicants must have completed adequate undergraduate studies in music in order to apply (normally a bachelor's degree, a college-level conservatory diploma, or their foreign equivalent in music). Additional requirements pertinent to each graduate degree program may be required. Please see the admission requirements of your intended degree track.
To learn about the various types of graduate admission, please click here.
An audition is required for all performance-oriented programs. Applicants are expected to appear in person. Students who are unable to attend may submit a recorded performance for review and evaluation (upload recording through DecisionDesk). Applicants may schedule an audition by completing the online audition request form. Arrangements to schedule auditions must be made at least two weeks in advance of the desired date.
Financial aid can take many forms. At Duquesne University, graduate student financial aid can be scholarships, assistantships, federal work study, and student loans. The Mary Pappert School of Music offers a number of graduate awards and assistantships. These are assigned on a competitive basis to applicants with extraordinary academic achievements and/or performance abilities. Such awards are granted in return for providing service to the School of Music in a variety of capacities. Appointments are for a period of one year and may be renewed for a second year on the basis of proven competence. The Graduate Assistantship awards provide scholarship and/or stipend in exchange for duties in the following areas:
- Music Theory/Aural Skills
- Music Education
- Music Technology
- All Instrument areas - Brass, Percussion, Strings, Winds, Voice/Opera Workshop
- Research Assistants
- Large Ensembles
- Choral Studies
- Chamber Ensembles
- Jazz Studies
- Sacred Music/Organ
Applicants who wish to apply for a graduate award must complete the Application for Assistantship. No applicant can be considered for an award until all application materials have been received and audition requirements fulfilled. The application deadline for graduate awards is April 1st.
Other forms of financial aid are handled directly through the University's Financial Aid Office at 412.396.6607. Please note to receive maximum consideration for aid, students must complete a FAFSA and the Application for Financial Aid prior to May 31st each year. You must complete a FAFSA annually to receive aid each academic year.
After all application materials have been reviewed and evaluated, the Mary Pappert School of Music will issue the applicant an official statement of acceptance or rejection. Admission to the Graduate Division does not guarantee ultimate degree candidacy. Degree candidacy will be automatic upon completion of 12 credits in required courses with at least a 3.0 average. At the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies, a personal interview may be required of any applicant before admission.
New graduate students will be required to take an examination covering music history / literature and theory / analysis. The exam is given online and is for diagnostic and advisement purposes.
Music transfer students are welcome at the Mary Pappert School of Music for both the fall and spring semesters.
Transfer applicants are required to complete the following:
Students who are anticipating transferring music credits are encouraged to submit their transcripts to the Director of Music Admissions for preliminary review. Submission of supporting documents such as syllabi and course descriptions, and placement testing may be required. The School of Music generally accepts credits from an equally (NASM) accredited college or university that corresponds to the music school curriculum and in which you have earned a grade of C or higher. For additional information on transferring to Duquesne University, please see the University transfer web page.
Duquesne University students who intend to (internally) transfer into the music school are required to complete the formal audition process and an interview with the applicable area chair. To schedule an audition and interview, please contact the Director of Music Admissions.
Applicants for the post-baccalaureate certification program in music education and music therapy must complete the standard University application. A demonstration of proficiency in musicianship skills and an audition on a major applied instrument are required.