Doctoral Auditions

Auditions/Interviews for all doctoral programs are scheduled after review of application and pre-screen materials. Only those candidates who have passed the pre-screen round will be invited to audition/interview. The School of Music will contact applicants directly to schedule an audition/interview.

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Doctoral Audition Days

Saturday, January 26
Friday, February 1
Saturday, February 9, 2019*
Doctoral conducting auditions will be scheduled invidually with the candidate, and will be determined by the respective ensemble schedule.
*Due to logistics and committee requirements, we would prefer doctoral programs requiring a live audition take place on February 9. Please contact Sean Brazel (sbrazel@gmu.edu) to discuss other potential dates.

Degrees Available

  • PhD in Music Education
  • Doctor of Musical Arts
    • Composition
    • Conducting
    • Performance: Classical, Jazz

A GRE score is required for any student wishing to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship Award. All other DMA students are not required to take a GRE test for admission to the Doctoral Program at Mason.


Presidential Scholarship

Open to qualified doctoral students.
The scholarship provides a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) from August 25 through May 24 to include:
  • 20-hour-per-week research-based work requirement
  • A salary of $22,000 from August 25 through May 24
  • A tuition grant covering nine credit hours in the fall and nine credit hours in the spring
  • A satisfactory GRE score is required for consideration of this award

Application deadline:  January 15 for Fall admission

For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Billingham, Director of Graduate Studies.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to take the GRE? The GRE general test is required for the application to the DMA and PhD degree programs.
  • What graduate scholarships are available, and how do I apply for one?
    Graduate scholarships provide for partial to full instructional fees. They are awarded for the academic year on the basis of scholarly achievement and performing ability. In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must be admitted unconditionally in degree status (minimum 3.0 GPA) and receive a recommendation from the faculty in the major area of study. All scholarships are awarded by the School of Music Scholarship Committee
  • May I apply to enroll in the winter or spring quarter?
     If you are applying for the DMA or the PhD, the annual application deadline is January 15th.
  • Can I defer my term of enrollment once I have been accepted?
    Yes, you must contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at masongrad@gmu.edu or 703-993-9700.
  • What TOEFL or ILETS score do I need to be accepted?
    To be considered for admission, applicants must score at least 230 on the computer-based TOEFL, 88 on the Internet based TOEFL, (with a minimum score of 20 in each section), or 575 on the paper based TOEFL, and 4.5 on the TOEFL essay.  A TOEFL score of at least 250 (computer-based) or 600 (paper based) is required to qualify for Teaching Assistantships. If you chose to take the ILETS examination you must score 6.5 or higher.
  • How do I get the I-20?
    Please visit the Office of Admissions website.

For information regarding graduate music programs, contact Dr. Lisa Billingham, Director of Graduate Studies.