Frequently asked questions about applying to Manhattan School of Music.
The application deadline is December 1.
This includes prescreening (if applicable), information about your academic history, personal background information, etc., and the names and emails of your recommenders. Supplemental materials (essay, letters, resume, repertoire list, unofficial transcripts) are submitted electronically through your Status Portal and are due February 1. More information about these requirements can be found here.
Late applications must be approved by the Office of Admissions. If approved, late applications will be assessed an additional $25 late fee.
The application fee is $125.00 USD. Current MSM and Precollege students, MSM alumni, and applicants to the Barnard/MSM Lesson Exchange Program pay a reduced fee of $50. All application fees are non-refundable.
There is no application fee for exchange applicants applying from one of MSM’s partner institutions abroad.
SAT, ACT, or GRE scores are not required. Applicants to the undergraduate degree program who are home-schooled are required to provide MSM with comprehensive transcripts and a high school diploma (or its equivalent; e.g. GED, TASC, HiSET).
MSM does not require applicants to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores, but you may submit your scores if you choose. All applicants whose first language is not English will take an in-house English Assessment which will be given during our audition week. The English Assessment will cover listening, reading, and writing, as well a brief one-on-one interview with a member of our ESL faculty. The result of your English Assessment will help us determine your English level and potentially inform admissibility.
You may apply to more than one major/division. You will need to submit an application fee for each application. Should you be accepted into more than one program, you would need to select one in which to enroll. Students may not be enrolled in more than one major.
As a homeschooled applicant, you will be required to provide MSM with comprehensive transcripts for four years of a high school curriculum, as well as a high school diploma or its equivalent (e.g. TASC, GED or HiSET). SAT or ACT scores are not required. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us and we will be happy to help you navigate our admissions process and determine your eligibility.
Your degree level at the time of admission (freshman, sophomore or junior) is determined by your performance at the audition. It does not reflect 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. For example, if you have only completed one year of study in a Bachelor’s degree program, you will only be admitted to the freshmen or sophomore level. If are accepted as a junior transfer, your estimated time to degree completion may be two years or longer.
MSM accepts up to twelve transfer credits of Humanities electives. 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 email@example.com.
On-campus auditions for Musical Theatre will take place January 25-28, 2021.
Chicago Regional auditions for Musical Theatre will take place February 6-8, 2021.
Audition week for Classical, Jazz, Orchestral, and Contemporary Performance applicants will take place from February 19 & 21–26, 2021. More specific audition dates for each instrument will be listed as soon as information is available, usually in late December. Auditions are held on campus in one of our many halls.
May Auditions for Fall 2021 will be held in mid-May, though not all programs are open for this late round of auditions. Please contact the Admissions Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 917-493-4436, for more information.
Please visit the Prescreening & Audition Information page to find out if you are eligible for a recorded audition.
Applicants can locate repertoire requirements by visiting the Prescreening & Audition Information page.
All Doctoral Program, Classical Composition, and Jazz Composition applicants are required to take entrance exams during auditions. All graduate voice applicants will be required to complete a short diction assessment either before or after the audition. All other placement and qualifying exams are given in the fall, prior to registration.
Applicants are given the option to choose up to five preferences for a major teacher through the online application. Many applicants make this decision through a combination of advice from current teachers, knowledge of faculty reputation, and/or having an opportunity to take a sample lesson. Applicants may choose to leave this decision to the judgment of the dean of academics/dean of faculty who make every attempt to pair each student with an appropriate faculty.
After the application is submitted, applicants will have options to edit their list of teacher preferences through their Status Portal. Teacher preference lists are viewed by Admissions staff only.
Many of our faculty members have their contact information available in the Faculty Directory. If you cannot find the faculty’s contact information listed, you may email the Office of Admissions to obtain the faculty member’s email address. You will be able to contact the faculty directly to schedule your sample lesson. The Office of Admissions does not facilitate or have any information regarding faculty members’ availability or schedule and does not set up sample lessons for prospective applicants.
Consultations or sample lessons are not required for application and audition at MSM. They do not influence faculty committees in deciding whether any individual student is admitted. Scheduling and fees, if any, are arranged privately between the faculty member and the applicant.
Yes. Andersen Residence Hall is a 19-story hall that is adjacent to the academic building and contains student residential rooms, practice rooms, Wi-Fi, mailboxes, a lounge and outdoor patio, laundry, vending and an exercise room. It can house up to 450 students. The hall is staffed with a full-time professional residence life director and student resident assistants are located on every floor. Security coverage at the residence hall operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
First- and second-year undergraduate students are required to live on campus, with freshmen sharing double rooms and sophomores having the option of living in a single room, as space allows. Upper-class students and graduate students may also apply for housing in the residence hall.
Floor designations may be as follows:
Graduate students only
Undergraduate students only
Students over age 21 only
The Office of Student Engagement provides information regarding alternative housing options.
Learn more about housing rates here.
Manhattan School of Music offers two meal plans, one for Andersen Hall residents and one for commuters.
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This charge will be included on each tuition bill. Unspent dollars can be carried over from the Fall to the Spring, but any money left over in the Spring must be used up or else it is forfeited. Unused Meal Plan dollars are not credited back to the student. It is possible to add more funds to the Meal Plan account in increments of $50.
Tuition at Manhattan School of Music for the 2020 – 2021 academic year is $48,280. To learn more about tuition and fees, please visit our page here.
MSM College does not offer any part-time or evening programs; we only offer full-time degree programs for our enrolled students. MSM Summer, Fall, and Precollege have part-time and evening programs for students aged 5-18. You can learn more about these programs here, here, and here.
We do not have degree programs in audio recording or electronic music. You can view our full list of degree programs here.
Manhattan School of Music and Teachers College Columbia University offer a dual degree at the master’s level. This accelerated program – designed to be completed in three years – gives the student a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music and a Master of Arts in Education with New York State K-12 Music Teacher Certification from Teachers College, Columbia University. More info here.
No. Enrollment at Manhattan School of Music, in any given academic year, is for entrance in the fall semester only.
No. Due to the intensive academic load required of each individual major, MSM does not offer the option of a double major. However, students may elect to take part-time lessons in a secondary discipline, depending on availability. The cost of these lessons is not included in the regular tuition fee.
Eligibility for a deferral varies by major and degree program. Please contact the Office of Admissions for specific information regarding eligibility. If a deferment is granted, the terms of deferment are as follows:
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