International Applicants

Manhattan School of Music welcomes students from over 50 countries around the globe, making the school a diverse and dynamic learning community. Learn how to apply as an international student below.

Transcripts, Translations, & Evaluations
Audition Information
Financial Aid for International Students
Student Visas
Exchange Program


All students whose first language is not English must submit an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score. Only tests taken after April 1, 2013 will be considered.

TOEFL General Information

TOEFL scores must be received by January 15, 2015 for Fall 2015.
Manhattan School of Music TOEFL ETS code: 2396
Only internet-based (iBT) scores will be accepted.
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TOEFL Score Requirements by Degree

All Programs (except Doctoral) – Minimum score of 79 iBT or higher.  Each applicant’s TOEFL score is considered along with the English Assessment that will be administered during auditions in March.

Applicants who audition successfully and score between 49 and 78 on the iBT TOEFL will automatically be required to enroll in the school’s Summer English Studies (SES) course.

Doctoral candidates are required to have a minimum score of 100 iBT.  Doctoral applicants scoring below 100 iBT will not be considered for admission.

TOEFL Exemption Request

MSM’s Admission Committee does not automatically grant exemption from the TOEFL requirement for any applicant.  Applicants who have studied full-time at an academic institution where the language of instruction is English may apply for a TOEFL exemption.  Proof of previous coursework completed in English is required.  The application for a TOEFL exemption is available within the online application. 

There is no guarantee a TOEFL exemption will be granted.  If the TOEFL exemption is not granted, applicants must register immediately for the next available iBT TOEFL test. 


Transcripts & Translations

We recommend each applicant upload unofficial copies of transcripts and proof of degree to the online application for the first phase of the admission process. Official transcripts are only required after admission decisions are issued, and must be sent to MSM directly from the school(s) in an official sealed envelope.

Applicants must submit transcripts in the original language and in English.  English translations must be approved and stamped by the school(s), or be provided by a professional translation service.

Academic Document Evaluations

All academic documents are evaluated by MSM Admission staff members. Since completion of a degree in an international program of study does not guarantee equivalency to a degree in the United States, a professional evaluation is sometimes necessary to help MSM determine an applicant’s eligibility for the desired program of study. Applicants should not request a professional evaluation unless they are specifically asked to do so by an admission counselor.

The following are important considerations when an evaluation is requested:

·        In some cases, late submission of an evaluation may affect the student’s ability to complete the SEVIS I-20 and Visa process.  For such cases, the August 1 deadline does not apply since it would be too late.

·        All final evaluations (showing proof of equivalency to the U.S. educational system) must be received by the Office of Admissions by August 1, 2015 for Fall 2015.


MSM Auditions

New York, NY - February 27 - March 6, 2015 (held at Manhattan School of Music)
Individual invitations to an audition in NYC will be emailed by February 2, 2015.
Applicants should print the invitation email sent by the Office of Admissions and take it to an embassy visa appointment.

USA Schools of Music Asia Audition Schedule

(visit for specific locations and times)

October 5: SEOUL
October 6 – October 8: TAIPEI
October 10: HONG KONG
October 13 - October 14: SINGAPORE
October 17: BANGKOK
October 19 – October 20: GUANGZHOU
October 21 - October 22: CHENGDU
October 25 – October 26: SHANGHAI
October 29 – November 1: BEIJING

Learn detailed information about MSM’s auditions

Find out if you are eligible for a recorded audition


All applicants who are invited to a live audition are considered for scholarship provided they complete the financial aid application. Scholarships are offered to a select group of highly qualified applicants, based on the results of the audition and financial need. The Financial Aid application is due on March 1,2015.

Apply for financial aid


View a full list of application materials required of all applicants


Applicants who are offered admission to Manhattan School of Music will need to visit the Accepted Student web page in April to learn how to apply for a student visa. This process will require the submission of documents proving financial support for the individual's degree program at Manhattan School of Music. International students must pursue a full-time program of study in order to obtain a visa to study at Manhattan School of Music. 

Email the Director of International Student Services for more information


In addition to its regular admissions process for degree programs and certificates, MSM accepts applications from exchange students. Whether a student is enrolled with one of our partner institutions, or has secured government funding enabling them to study in the US for a semester or two, we accept applications for consideration of an educational exchange. Please check back in early September for the link to our new application.

Exchange program

Dates and Deadlines

December 1

Deadline for application
Deadline for prescreening recording

January 15

Deadline for recommendation letters
Deadline for transcripts
Deadline for iBT TOEFL score

February 2

Individual invitations to an audition in NYC will be emailed

February 15

Deadline to submit recorded auditions
Find out about eligibility

March 1

Deadline for Financial Aid documents 

May 1

Deadline for SEVIS I-20 application
for Summer English Studies     

June 1

Deadline for SEVIS I-20 application  

August 1

Deadline for all final admissions documents