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Graduate Admissions for
D.M.A. and Ph.D.

All graduate applicants must submit a complete application and supporting materials. The checklist for all graduate programs is listed below; please be sure to read through the additional program specific materials.

 

All MUSIC materials should be mailed to:

Boyer College of Music and Dance
Presser Hall (021-00)
Attn: Kristi Morgridge
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

All DANCE materials should be mailed to:

Boyer College of Music and Dance
Dance Department – 3rd Floor
Attn: Mary Garcia
1700 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

 

Graduate Application Checklist

To check on your application status, please log into your TUPortal account.

 

 
D.M.A.: Performance
 
  • Applicants must submit a prescreening recording via Decision Desk - SUBMIT MY PRESCREENING RECORDING
  • Applicants must submit a scholarly writing sample via Decision Desk - SUBMIT MY WRITING SAMPLE
  • All application materials, including the prescreening recording and writing sample, are due by November 15.  See Audition Requirements.
  • Applicants that pass the prescreening round must attend a live audition at Temple University's Main Campus.
Ph.D.: Dance
 
Ph.D. Music
Ph.D. Music: Composition
 
  • Applicants must submit evidence of compositional activity via Decision Desk - SUBMIT MY COMPOSITION PORTFOLIO

    • If an applicant has enrolled in the Seminar in Composition prior to his or her application for formal admission to the program in Composition, the work accomplished there may serve to meet this entrance requirement, if satisfactory.
  • Applicants must submit a research paper no fewer than 12 pages via Decision Desk - SUBMIT MY RESEARCH PAPER
    • Within your Decision Desk submission, please include a Personal Statement; In a document of not more than 3 pages, discuss your scholarly or compositional interests and why you have chosen The Boyer College to pursue your education regarding those interests.
  • Interview: Following the review of your materials, the Music Studies Department will contact you to set up a phone or campus interview.
Ph.D. Music: Music Studies
 
  • Applicants must submit 2 research papers on contrasting topics, no fewer than 12 pages each, via Decision Desk - SUBMIT MY RESEARCH PAPERS
    • Within your Decision Desk submission, please include a Personal Statement; In a document of not more than 3 pages, discuss your scholarly or compositional interests and why you have chosen The Boyer College to pursue your education regarding those interests.
  • Interview: Following the review of your materials, the Music Studies Department will contact you to set up a phone or campus interview.
Ph.D. Music: Music Theory
 
  • Applicants must submit 2 research papers on contrasting topics, no fewer than 12 pages each, via Decision Desk - SUBMIT MY RESEARCH PAPERS
    • Within your Decision Desk submission, please include a Personal Statement; In a document of not more than 3 pages, discuss your scholarly or compositional interests and why you have chosen The Boyer College to pursue your education regarding those interests.
  • Interview: Following the review of your materials, the Music Studies Department will contact you to set up a phone or campus interview.
Ph.D. Music: Musicology
 
  • Applicants must submit 2 research papers on contrasting topics, no fewer than 12 pages each, via Decision Desk - SUBMIT MY RESEARCH PAPERS
    • Within your Decision Desk submission, please include a Personal Statement; In a document of not more than 3 pages, discuss your scholarly or compositional interests and why you have chosen The Boyer College to pursue your education regarding those interests.
  • Interview: Following the review of your materials, the Music Studies Department will contact you to set up a phone or campus interview.
Ph.D.: Music Education
 
  • Education: Master’s Degree in Discipline: A degree in music is expected.  At least one held degree must be in Music Education.
  • Certification: Applicants must be certified to teach by at least one state in the US. A copy of the teaching certificate must be submitted.
  • Teaching Experience: A minimum of three years of full-time (or the equivalent) elementary or secondary teaching experience is required.
  • Standardized Test Scores: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores
  • Academic and Musical Profile (AMP) - Performance: Applicants must submit a digital video (no more than 15 minutes) via Decision Desk of representative instruction episodes that adequately demonstrate both teaching skills and musicianship. The recording may include any type of music teaching. Applicants should include a brief written narrative explaining the contents of the video. SUBMIT MY AMP - Performance
  • Academic and Musical Profile (AMP) - Written: The applicant will have 90 minutes to demonstrate writing skills and general knowledge about music education. The exam is scored by Music Education faculty members. Results are considered in the admissions decision. Additional coursework may be required to remediate inadequacies.
  • Evidence of Scholarship: Applicants should submit a paper that was completed during the Master's degree. This paper should demonstrate the applicant's scholarship and writing ability.
  • Additional Materials: Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit any additional information that will help the faculty in the admission decision; items may include, but are not limited to, digital recordings of compositions or arrangements, recordings of performance groups, lesson or rehearsal plans, curriculum development material, and recital performance recordings.
  • Interview: After the application is complete, the applicant should contact the Music Education Department at 215-204-8310 to arrange a campus visit and an interview.
Ph.D.: Music Therapy
 
  • Education: Hold a bachelor's degree in any music-related area or its equivalent. Have earned a master's degree in music therapy or related area or satisfactorily completed 18 graduate credits in music therapy, including the following courses at Temple, or similar courses from another accredited graduate music therapy program:

    8601 Qualitative Research in Music Therapy (2 s.h.)
    8602 Quantitative Research in Music Therapy (2 s.h.)
    8603 Music Psychotherapy (2 s.h.)
    8618 Music in Medicine (2 s.h.)
    8619 Music Therapy Education and Supervision (2 s.h.)
    8621 Music Therapy Ethics (2 s.h.)
    9995 Independent Project in Music Therapy (2 semesters @ 3 s.h. each)

  • Certification: Applicants must hold professional certification in music therapy.
  • Clinical Experience:  A minimum of five years of full time clinical experience (or its equivalent) as a professional music therapist is required.
  • Evidence of Scholarship: Applicants should submit a paper on Music Therapy. This paper should be written in English, and demonstrate the applicant's scholarship and writing ability (published or unpublished).
  • Audition: See Audition Requirements
  • Interview: Personal interview with the music therapy faculty.
  • Writing Proficiency Exam: At the time of the audition and interview, applicants will take a one-hour writing proficiency examination. The exam requires the applicant to write an essay on a topic selected from the list provided.

 

Questions? music@temple.edu or dance@temple.edu