Graduate Admissions

The Department of Music offers several degree options for graduate students. Master's-level students may pursue an MA in Composition; Combined MA/PhD in Composition; an MM in Performance (with several concentrations); an MA in Music History; or an MA in Music Theory.

Doctoral-level students may pursue a PhD in Composition or PhD in Historical Musicology and Music Theory. The department also offers an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Performance

How to Apply

1. Prospective students seeking admission to the Department of Music graduate degree tracks should first download the Graduate Admission Packet, which includes instructions and important information about the application process. 

2. Use the link to access our online application system. You should begin by creating an account. Once created, you will be promoted to choose an application, select your term year and program. Please read the directions on your College of Arts and Sciences application carefully. Returning users can use this link to log in to their existing application(s).

Further information regarding Letters of Recommendation, test scores and other application requirements can be found in the Graduate Admissions Packet.

MM in Performance Auditions

Prospective students applying for the MM in Performance degree must also complete and submit a Graduate Audition Request Form as part of their application. This form will also be available to complete as part of your application. Please see the audition schedule for open dates. To be considered for assistantship support, prospective students must audition prior to January 1.

If auditioning via recording, please submit a sound file or URL link. Contact Karen Sausner at (716) 645-2759 or with questions.

Application Fee

The graduate application fee is $75 U.S. (payable online or by check or money order made payable to the University at Buffalo). Applicants who have not already done so may submit their application fee online:

Please visit the UB Graduate School or contact Kathy Phillips, administrative assistant of Student Programs, with questions about the application process.

Funding Your Degree

Student success is our primary goal, and we are happy to report that, in comparison to other universities and programs, UB's Department of Music ranks high in quality while at the same time keeping costs to our students low and affordable. 

Whenever possible, the department attempts to help graduate students secure the required funding. For further information, please contact