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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. Three letters of recommendation from professionals in the field who can attest to the applicant’s qualifications (Applicants should provide name and email for up to three recommendsers on DecisionDesk)
  3. 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).  International applicants must provide an English translation of all transcripts.
  4. Statement of Purpose (approximately 250 words) describing goals and objectives for enrolling in the graduate program (Uploaded through DecisionDesk)
  5. Additional requirements pertinent to each Master of Music degree program. (see admission requirements of intended degree track).
  6. TOEFL or IELTS scores (Non-native English speakers)
  7. Current Perofrmance and Professional (Work) resume (uploaded through DecisionDesk)
  8. Audition. Live auditions or recorded auditions are available. Audition registration and recorded audition submissions are accepted through DecisionDesk. More information is avaialble on the Audition Request page.
  9. For International Applicants, an 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.

International Applicants should also visit the International Graduate Admission site for important visa information.

Mail application materials to:

Katherine Shields
Director of Music Admissions
Mary Pappert School of Music
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Many items can also be emailed to: musicadmissions@duq.edu

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. Three letters of recommendation from outstanding professionals familiar with the applicant's performance. (Names and email addresses of up to three recommenders should be submitted through DecisionDesk)
  3. 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).
  4. Solo repertory list. (uploaded through DecisionDesk)
  5. Evidence of performing experience, such as programs, reviews, etc.(uploaded through DecisionDesk)
  6. Current Perofrmance and Professional (Work) resume (uploaded through DecisionDesk)
  7. Audition.  Live auditions or recorded auditions are available.  Audition registration and recorded audition submissions are accepted through DecisionDesk.  More information is avaialble on the Audition Request page. 

International Applicants should also visit the International Graduate Admission site for important visa information.

 Mail Transcripts and Supporting Documents not uploaded to DecisionDesk to:

Katherine Shields
Director of Music Admissions
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.