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Prospective Graduate Students

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Admission to the graduate program requires acceptance by both the University of Wyoming Graduate Admissions Office AND the Department of Music.

Due to a recent change in scholarship and assistantship allotment deadlines, the Department of Music requires that all applications are received by Friday, February 3, 2023. 

Graduate admission is contingent upon meeting the following requirements (the GRE is not required):

  • A bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of higher learning

  • A Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher (A = 4.0) on all previous coursework

  • Three letters of recommendation sent by persons knowledgeable of the applicant’s qualifications for graduate study

  • A personal statement, which includes why you are applying and how you plan to apply your earned degree

  • Submission of original transcripts of all previous coursework

International Students

Requirements for admission can be found on the Office of Admissions website.

Department of Music TOEFL/IELTS/OPIc Requirements

Master's Degree

International students must pass the TOEFL iBT exam with a minimum score of 76, for admission consideration.

International students opting to take the IELTS exam must pass with a minimum score of 6.5, for admission consideration.

International students who are awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Music must also take and pass the OPIc, an online oral proficiency exam, regardless of TOEFL or IELTS score. The OPIc should be taken prior to accepting the assistantship offer:

Performer's Certificate

The TOEFL is not required, but some English proficiency is expected.

Apply to the Department of Music

Please refer to the Graduate Handbook for more information on graduate admission requirements and procedures. Submit Music graduate application materials to the Department of Music (contact information below).

Master of Music Education Admission Requirements:

  • An earned Bachelor of Music Education degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, plus:

    • One year of teaching experience in music education

    • Video of classroom teaching and/or rehearsing

    • One to three page statement of music education philosophy

    • Writing sample extracted from an extensive undergraduate research paper

    • Three letters of recommendation, including one from an immediate supervisor, on teaching effectiveness

The MME degree program includes both academic year (application deadline, February 3, 2023) and summer-only cohorts  (application deadline, March 1, 2023).  For more information, please see Master of Music Education program page

Master of Music in Performance Admission Requirements:

  • An earned Bachelor of Music Performance degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, plus:

    • One to three page personal statement on why you are applying and how you plan to apply your earned degree

    • A live audition (preferred) or a CD, DVD, or website of your performances, demonstrating:

      • Strong sense of musicality

      • Technical proficiency

      • Stylistically correct performance practices in at least 3 historical periods, where applicable

      • Standard repertoire from your instrumental specialty or vocal area

Apply for a Graduate Assistantship and a Music Scholarship

Graduate Assistantship Application

Please see the Graduate Education page, the Graduate Handbook, and the Audition and Scholarship Information page for more information.

  • Graduate Assistantships are awarded based on:

    • Ability (current level of accomplishment and potential)

    • Major

    • Music Department and Ensemble needs

    • Academic success

    • Collegiality and academic integrity

Contact Us

Department of Music

University of Wyoming

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3037

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5242

Fax: (307) 766-5326


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