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Thanks for considering Stephen F. Austin State University for your Master's Degree in music! With a vibrant and inspiring faculty, convenient in-person and online classes, and an established reputation for excellence, there has never been a better time to be a graduate student at SFA!

Graduate studies in music lead to the Master of Music degree in Performance, Conducting, Music Education, or Theory-Composition. The MM is intended to further the development of professional competency, critical thinking and intellectual maturity.

How to Apply

Be aware of the following deadlines for all degree concentrations:

Priority Consideration for Fall Admission:

  • January 15—Priority Deadline for Documents

    Applicants who submit all required documents, tests, and recordings by this date will receive priority consideration for audition scheduling, scholarship awards, assistantships, and admission placement.

  • March 31—Priority Deadline for Auditions/Interviews

    All auditions/interviews must be complete for priority consideration. Priority admission and assistantship decisions are usually made by early April.

Cutoff Date for Fall Admission

Although applications are accepted through July 15th, there is no guarantee that positions will still be available. Applications that are not complete by July 15 will not be considered for fall admission.

Please Note:
  • All on-campus students with complete application materials for a fall semester will be considered for any available assistantships unless applicant indicates otherwise. Applicants hoping to be considered for assistantships should meet the deadlines for priority consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Online students are not eligible for assistantships.
  • Application materials must be complete prior to any live audition or interview.
  • Students wishing to enter the Master of Music degree at times other than the fall semester should apply as early as possible, but no later than December 1 (for spring) or May 1 (all summer terms).
  • Application to the University (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    Please be aware that the application for the University is a separate process from application to the School of Music. Visit to begin the process. Additional information about admissions (including fees and instructions) is available on the Graduate School website. Official transcripts from each college/university attended must be included with the completed application form and sent to the Graduate Office at least 30 days prior to entering. Stephen F. Austin State University will accept credit or recognize degrees only from institutions accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies. Applications are not processed until official transcripts have been received for all college-level coursework.

    An applicant whose native language is not English must present satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An application fee of $50 must accompany the application of all foreign applicants, except those under University-sponsored exchange programs. No student from another country may be admitted to SFA as a provisional or non-degree student. The International Student Application for Admission as well as general information about SFA and the community is available at the Office of Admissions.

    An applicant for admission to graduate study must either

    1. be in the final semester of undergraduate work,
    2. hold a baccalaureate degree from a NASM accredited institution (international students may submit transcripts for evaluation), or
    3. have completed 90 or more semester hours of undergraduate work here and be approved for graduate study as an overlap student.

    Additionally, an applicant for admission as a major to a graduate degree program (excluding the M.B.A., MPAC, M.F., and the M.F.A.) must present 18 semester hours of undergraduate work in that field or 18 semester hours of closely related work approved by the appropriate academic department. The same provision extends to an applicant intending to pursue a graduate minor of 15 or more semester hours.

  • School of Music Graduate Admission Procedures (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    Broadly speaking, all degrees require the following:

    1. Statement of Purpose: A written statement outlining your objectives for graduate study, career plans, and the reasons for applying to our program. It should be no more than 500 words in length.
    2. Transcripts: PDF files of either official or unofficial transcripts.
    3. A resume highlighting your education, work experience, and activities in your discipline.
    4. Names and contact information for three references who will be contacted for letters of recommendation.
    5. Audition materials and/or interview (depending on degree and concentration).
    6. International Students must provide passing English language proficiency scores.

    Specific application information for all degrees can be found at

    These admission policies are in place to help ensure that all applicants have the necessary preparation to succeed in graduate studies. Students who would like to petition for exceptions to any of these policies may submit a rationale along with any related documents to and their request will be carefully reviewed by the Graduate Committee.

    All communication or questions regarding graduate admissions to the School of Music should be directed to the Associate Director for Graduate Studies.

  • Placement and Audition Preparation (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    Once a student has been admitted to the School of Music, he/she will be tested in music theory and history to determine preparedness and placement. Students with clear deficiencies in any area may be required to complete remediation.

    Specific audition/interview information for each degree and specialization are listed at Just select your program of interest and you’ll see all the requirements including repertoire.