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Music Admissions

At the Mary Pappert School of Music, you can be a creator, artist, healer, teacher, and much more. We believe there is an unparalleled value in self-expression, and it is through music that you can nurture the heart of society and actively participate in shaping global culture.

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The application for admission in 2020 goes live on July 1, 2019:

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Admission to the Mary Pappert School of Music involves a 2-step process.  Applicants must first apply to Duquesne University. Once the application is submitted, applicants will then be prompted to schedule an audition and submit additional documentation. Learn more about this process.


What is expected in the Audition?

Check out the Audition Overview for details about audition requirements.

Questions about the admission process?

Take a moment to review the Music Admission Timeline.


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Duquesne Music Students Performing


We'd like to meet you!

Individual visits and family consultations can always be scheduled by contacting the Office of Music Admissions. Private lessons with our faculty can also be arranged (additional fees may apply).

*Graduate and undergraduate applicants with an application on file qualify for a FREE Trial Lesson.

Undergraduate

We make attending Duquesne affordable.

All new undergraduate students entering as first-time freshmen in the fall, 2020 are eligible for a 50% tuition scholarship.

These scholarships are renewable for a maximum of four years of undergraduate study as long as the student remains enrolled full-time (12 credits per semester) in the School of Music. *This scholarship program is only available to incoming first-time freshmen and external transfers matriculating in the fall 2020 semester.

Learn more about the Lead With Music Scholarship Program.


Questions about the admission process?

Take a moment to review the Music Admission Timeline.


Music Scholarships & Financial Aid Information

100% of undergraduate music applicants receive some form of financial assistance from the Mary Pappert School of Music.

Other forms of financial aid are handled directly through Duquesne University's Office of Financial Aid. Financial Aid counselors are avaialble for individual appointments and counseling. Visit the Financial Aid webpage.

*For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid  (412) 396-6607.

Graduate

The Mary Pappert School of Music is always accepting graduate applications.

All applicants must have completed adequate undergraduate studies in music in order to apply (bachelor's degree, 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 programs. Live auditions are recommended, however, recorded auditions are also accepted. Learn more about the audition process.

INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS: Upon enrollment, all international graduate students are required to pay a one-time service fee of $125 to cover the costs associated with the processing and filing of official documents. This fee will be charged to the student's account.


Graduate Assistantships
(full & partial tuition awards)

At the Mary Pappert School of Music, we offer competitive awards to graduate applicants in the form of assistantships. Assistantship positions and responsibilities range from performing in ensembles to assisting in the classrooms and providing faculty and staff with administrative support. All positions are designed to provide Graduate Assistants (GA's) with unique and valuable professional experiences working alongside faculty and staff in a supportive and collaborative environment.

*All graduate applicants are automatically considered for assistantships. Learn more about the Graduate Assistantship Program.


Ask about our performance assistantships in the Triano Woodwind Quintet and the DeBroff String Quartet.

Contact the Office of Music Admissions  (412) 396-5064


Financial Aid

Other forms of financial aid are handled directly through Duquesne University's Office of Financial Aid. Financial Aid counselors are avaialble for individual appointments and counseling. Visit the Financial Aid webpage.

*For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid  (412) 396-6607.

Transfer

A few things you should know about transferring to the Mary Pappert School of Music:

In addition to the University application and 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 Office of Music Admissions for preliminary review. Submission of supporting documents may be required. The Mary Pappert School of Music generally accepts credits from a college or university equally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

*For additional information on transferring to Duquesne University, please contact the Office of Music Admissions  (412) 396-5064.

Internal Transfers

Current Duquesne University students who intend to internally transfer to the school of music are required to complete the audition process and an interview with the applicable area coordinator and/or department chair.

*Questions? Please contact the Office of Music Admissions  (412) 396-5064.

International

We welcome students from around the world!

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.  Learn more about the application and admission process for International Students.  

International students interested in Music Education
When applying for certification you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States; or
  • Hold a permanent resident visa that allows you to live and work in the U.S.; and
  • File a declaration of intent to become a U.S. citizen.

*International students are defined as those who do not hold U.S. citizenship, green card (permanent resident) status, or refugee/asylum status.

All international students, regardless of intended degree, must first apply to Duquesne University.

IMPORTANT: Upon enrollment, all international graduate students are required to pay a one-time service fee of $125 to cover the costs associated with the processing and filing of official documents. This fee will be charged to the student's account.

For more information please contact the Office of Music Admissions at musicadmissions@duq.edu  (412) 396-5064.