Applying for Graduate Study in Music

In our graduate program, you can further your study by working closely with leading performance and academic faculty in an environment that emphasizes personal attention. We offer MM and MA degrees in many areas of study, as well as an Artist Diploma certificate. To begin your graduate study, you must be both admitted to University and accepted by the School of Music. A complete application requires four things:

Online university application

To start the process, first file an application through Cal State ApplyOpens in new window .  

Once the School of Music has received your application, you may then get a series of emails from us.  One will ask what instrument (including voice) you intend to study. Others will provide information about auditions and any pre-screening requirements.


Transcripts and TOEFL

Have an official transcript from each university, college, and/or community college you have attended sent directly to: 

CSU Fullerton
Admissions and Records
P.O. Box 6900
Fullerton, CA 92834-6900 

If your native language is not English and you have not completed a bachelor’s degree at an English-speaking institution, also have your TOEFL score of 550/80 or higher for the MM/MA or 500/61 or higher for the Artist Diploma sent to the address above. Note that foreign language transcripts must be accompanied by certified English translations. 

You cannot be admitted to CSUF without these documents. Sending them by February 1 (to begin study in fall) will expedite the admissions process and I-20 preparation. 

Please note that GRE scores are not needed and that CSUF alumni do not need to send CSUF transcripts.

Supporting materials

All required supporting materials must be submitted online through Cal State ApplyOpens in new window . These required materials include unofficial transcripts, personal statement, names and email addresses of referees, and, depending on the desired degree program, performance links, compositions, or research papers. For your application to be reviewed all materials must be submitted.

Graduate (MM/MA) Degrees

Dr. John Koegel
Graduate Program Adviser
CSU Fullerton
School of Music
P.O. Box 6850
Fullerton, CA 92834-6850

Artist Diploma

Dr. Ernest Salem
Artist Diploma Adviser
CSU Fullerton
School of Music
P.O. Box 6850
Fullerton, CA 92834-6850  


If required for your degree, sign upOpens in new window  for a live performance audition. 

Carefully review the requirements for your intended area of study (listed below).



Many areas have unique entrance requirements.  Carefully review the requirements for your intended area of study.

MM in Performance:
Choral Conducting
Collaborative Piano
Orchestral Conducting   


Financial questions? 

Studying at CSUF is very affordable, and we offer a robust set of financial aid options for U.S. citizens, including grants, scholarships, and loans. Make sure that you complete the FAFSAOpens in new window , preferably by February, to have access to the widest array of financial aid options. If you are not a U.S. citizen, the graduate adviser, artist diploma adviser, and other music faculty can provide information about relevant options, including Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT). If you have questions about what scholarships or other financial assistance may be offered specifically through the School of Music, contact the division coordinator for your area of study.



If you intend to audition during the main February audition period to begin classes the next fall semester, you should submit your online university application and other required materials by the end of January to ensure the most complete consideration. If no deadline is listed for your intended area of study, applicants may be considered on a rolling basis. However, in such cases, online university applications must be submitted at Cal State ApplyOpens in new window by the beginning of July for Fall admission and by the beginning of December for Spring admission. If you have missed this deadline, please contact the Graduate Program adviser or Artist Diploma adviser listed above to learn about other options for beginning your graduate study at CSUF soon.

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