Doctoral Auditions

Auditions/Interviews for all doctoral programs are scheduled after review of application and pre-screen materials. Upon completion of a university application, applicants will be sent a link to SlideRoom to submit their School of Music materials and register for an audition date. Only those candidates who have passed the pre-screen round will be invited to audition/interview. The Dewberry School of Music will contact applicants directly to schedule an audition/interview.

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Doctoral Audition Days

Saturday, January 22, 2022
Friday, January 28, 2022
Saturday, February 5, 2022*
Doctoral conducting auditions will be scheduled individually 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 to take place on February 5. Please contact the School of Music at to discuss other potential dates.

Application Deadline

January 15 for Fall admission

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.

For more information, contact Dr. Greg Robinson, Director of Graduate Studies.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to take the GRE? The GRE is not required for admission to the Doctoral Program at Mason.
  • 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 for Fall admission only.
  • Can I defer my term of enrollment once I have been accepted?
    Yes, you must contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 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. Greg Robinson, Director of Graduate Studies.