Special Topics

Please find more information about the application process for any of the topics listed below:

Transfer Applicants
Homeschooled Applicants
Readmission after Leave of Absence
Admission for MSM Graduates
May Auditions

Transfer Applicants

Your admission status (freshman, sophomore or junior) is determined by your audition and only refers to your performance level. It does not refer to your academic status (the number of credit hours that will transfer from your previous institution) nor will it determine the number of years it will take for you to complete your degree at MSM. Courses that will be considered for transfer credit are those with a strong writing component (e.g., Literature, Philosophy/Religion, History, Languages, etc.). Music courses do not transfer, but credit can be obtained in certain areas through placement exams.  The Registrar will make all decisions regarding transfer credits. If you have any questions about transferring, please email the Registrar at registrar@lists.msmnyc.edu.

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Homeschooled Applicants

If you have been homeschooled for high school and don’t have traditional transcripts to send us, no need to worry! We have many homeschooled students on campus and we hope that you’ll find our requirements easy to follow. You will be required to provide MSM with comprehensive transcripts for four years of a high school curriculum, SAT or ACT scores, as well as a high school diploma, or its equivalent (e.g. TASC, GED or HiSET). While we recommend and prefer a diploma, we understand that some choose homeschool as a way to eschew the lower learning educational system entirely. If this is the case, please contact us and we will be happy to find other arrangements for you that prove your college readiness.

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Readmission after Leave of Absence

If you are a former student who wants to return to MSM to complete your degree after an absence of more than two consecutive semesters, you must reapply for admission through the regular admission cycle.

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Admission for MSM Graduates

If you are a current MSM student and you are applying directly to another MSM program, you are exempt from submitting prescreening materials unless you are applying for OP Flute or DMA Piano. If you are a current international MSM student and are applying directly to another MSM program, you are exempt from the TOEFL requirement unless you are applying for a doctoral program.

If you have graduated from MSM and have taken at least one year off, you must submit prescreening materials if required by your major. If English is not your first language, you must either submit a recent TOEFL score or apply for a TOEFL exemption. To learn more, please visit our International Applicants page.  

All current MSM students or MSM graduates will pay a reduced application fee of $50.

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May Auditions

A late round of auditions will take place in May for certain programs. Please contact the Admissions Office beginning the week of March 20th to confirm which programs we will be accepting applications for. The application for May auditions will be made available online in March. The application and prescreening for May auditions will be due May 1st. The procedures for March auditions remain the same for May auditions, so be sure to review the requirements for your instrument. If you had previously completed our application for March auditions, you are not eligible for May auditions. The following programs are not available for May auditions: Doctor of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma, Contemporary Performance, and Orchestral Performance. Please note: scholarship opportunities are more limited during May auditions.

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