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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Arts in Music History and Literature must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Application for Admission.
  • Application fee: $50 (non-refundable).
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended.
  • Have an undergraduate major in music or must have a minimum of 36 credits in music classes
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in undergraduate studies or successful completion of another master’s degree. Applicants who do not meet this academic requirement will be reviewed individually by the program director. Based on a review of all credentials, students may be offered limited matriculated status.
  • An audition is required if the applicant plans to pursue a performance emphasis.
  • Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program
  • Personal Statement that addresses the reason you are interested in pursuing graduate work in this area of study
  • Appear before a faculty member or panel, either individually or as a participant in a group situation, for assessment of interpersonal and musicianship skills.
  • Submit a current résumé
  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5.

Send application materials to:

LIU Post
Graduate Admissions Processing Center
15 Dan Road, Ste. 102
Canton, MA 02021

Auditions for Admission

An audition is required for those candidates pursuing a performance emphasis within the M.A. in Music History and Literature program. Audition dates are available on the Department of Music home page. Alternate dates can be made by appointment. Call 516-299-2475 or e-mail

Auditions are held in the LIU Post Fine Arts Center. You can register to audition by completing the online Audition Registration Form. You can also register by phone at 516-299-2475 or by mailing this printable version (PDF file) of the registration form.


Audition Requirements

Professional attire is expected.

For Instrumentalists

Two pieces of contrasting styles. Should be one movement from two different works:

  • Major scales
  • Sight-reading

Percussionists: Audition repertoire should include: (1) advanced snare drum solo; (2) 2 mallet keyboard piece (marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone); (3) 2 drum timpani piece

For Vocalists

Two pieces of contrasting styles. One selection must be in a language other than English. The other classical selection may be in English if desired.

Exploration of vocal range and aural abilities.

An accompanist will be provided if you require one, or you may bring your own accompanist if you wish.