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The Musicology Colloquium and Composers’ Forum feature talks by distinguished scholars and composers.

Admissions, Composition

Academic Requirements

Students wishing to enroll in the D.M.A. Composition program must have a B.A., B.Mus., M.A. or an equivalent academic background.

Application Deadline

January 15th for Fall admissions.  (The Fall semester begins at the end of August)

Application Materials

The following materials must be submitted online via the Cornell University Graduate School online application system:

  • Cornell Graduate School Online Application form
  • Application Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcripts (and English translations if required)
  • TOEFL scores (see Graduate School TOEFL requirements for further details)
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members acquainted with your work
  • An essay, term paper, or honors paper dealing with music history, theory, or analysis
  • Scores of two recent compositions, with MP3 recording (over-sized scores that cannot be submitted via the online application, may be mailed to: Graduate Field Assistant in Music, Cornell University, 101 Lincoln Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4101)