Admissions
Entrance to the Mary Pappert School of Music

requires an audition for all undergraduate programs and graduate performance-oriented programs. To learn more about the audition and admission process, click the links below:


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Music Admissions

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.

Why the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne?

Because at MPSOM you will find a community of dedicated musicians and educators and the resources you need to prepare for your career in music.  Offering a small, conservatory-style setting, we are preparing well-rounded professionals who will start here and go anywhere.

Join our community of gifted musicians and apply now.

Visit The Mary Pappert School of Music

Fall 2017 Visit Opportunities

Individual visits can always be scheduled by contacting the Office of Music Admissions.

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Undergraduate

Duquesne University and the Mary Pappert School of Music are accepting applications for the Spring and Fall 2018 semesters.

Step 1: University Admissions

Complete the 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.

Step 2: Music School Admissions

Complete an audition. Applicants are encouraged to attend a live audition but may also submit a recorded audition.  All applicants are invited to audition.  Pre-screening is not required for any programs or instruments.  Register now for your audition.

Learn more about our audition process

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.

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Scholarship Information

Financial Aid and Scholarships are available.  100% of music school freshmen receive some form of financial assistance. 

Academic scholarship opportunities are ongoing based on merit, test scores and GPA. Music scholarship awards are based on the performance portion of the audition process. 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. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 412.396.6607 for more information.  Financial Aid counselors are avaialble for individual appointments and counseling.

Graduate

The Mary Pappert School of Music is accepting applications for Graduate Admission for Spring and Fall 2018.

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.

Learn more about the various types of graduate admission.

An audition is required for all performance-oriented programs. Live auditions are recommended ,however, recorded auditions (upload recording through DecisionDesk) are also accepted. 

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Learn more about our audition process


Full and partial Graduate Assistantships are available including Full-Tuition Graduate Assistantships in the Triano Woodwind Quintet and the DeBroff String Quartet.  

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 Graduate Assistantship Application must be submitted as soon as possible for full consideration.

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.


Acceptance Policies

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.

Diagnostic Examinations

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.

 

Transfer

Duquesne University and the Mary Pappert School of Music are currently accepting applications for the Spring and Fall 2018 semesters.

Transfer applicants are required to complete the following:

Undergraduate Applicants
Step 1: University Admissions

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.

Step 2: Music School Admissions

School of Music applicants must also complete an audition. Students are encouraged to attend a live audition but may submit a recorded audition.

Learn more about our audition process

Transfer Applicants must also submit the following forms:

Music School Transfer Form
University Transfer Form

Transferring Credits

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.


Graduate Applicants

Transfer 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.

An audition is required for all performance-oriented programs. Recorded Auditions (upload recording through DecisionDesk) and/or individual appointments are avaialble. Applicants may request an individual appointment by completing the online audition request form.

Graduate Transfer Applicants must also submit the following form:

Music School Transfer Form


Internal Transfers

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.

Post-Baccalaureate

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.

Complete the University Undergraduate Paper Application Process

International

At Duquesne, we are educating the musical leaders of the twenty first century through challenging music degree programs for the mind, heart, and spirit. Our University motto, "Spiritus Est Qui Vivificat," It is the Spirit Who Gives Life, inspires our classrooms, rehearsals, and concert venues and we welcome students from around the world.  Below you will find more informaiton on the application and admission process for International Students*  

*All students who do not hold U.S. citizenship, green card (permanent resident) status, or refugee/asylum status.

Undergraduate Applicants 

Step 1: University International Admissions

All international applicants for undergraduate admission to the Mary Pappert School of Music must complete the standard University international undergraduate admissions application process and supply all other documentation required by the University Office of International Programs.  All the information you need is on the Office of International Programs Admission site

Step 2: Music School Admissions

School of Music applicants must also complete an audition*. Students may submit a recorded audition or request an individual appointment to complete a live, on-campus audition.

Learn more about our audition process and requirements.

Graduate Applicants

International 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.

Learn more about the various types of graduate admission.

An audition is required for all performance-oriented programs. Recorded Auditions (upload recording through DecisionDesk) and/or individual appointments are available. Applicants may request an individual appointment by completing the online audition request form.