How to Apply

To apply, submit Temple University’s application along with the $60 online application fee. Standardized Tests (GRE or MAT) are not required.

Supporting Materials

  • Transcripts: Submit official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions you have attended and/or from which you earned credit.
  • Goals Statement: In 500 to 1,000 words, state your career goals and how you believe this degree will help you achieve them. Discuss the relevant experience you have obtained so far.
  • Recommendations: Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Résumé: A current professional résumé is required.
  • Standardized Test Scores: Test scores, such as the GMAT or GRE, are optional.

Additional Requirements

Writing Sample: Submit an undergraduate-level paper demonstrating your ability to do musical analysis and/or report research. Writing samples should be submitted through Acceptd. Your sample should include both

  • a compositional piece, such as counterpoint, a figured bass, a harmonized melody, or an original composition; and
  • an analytical piece, such as a formal analysis, a harmonic analysis, or a pitch-class set analysis.

International Students

International applicants must send TOEFL or IELTS scores. Learn more about international admissions for Boyer.

For all policies for international applicants, including TOEFL and IELTs scores, please visit the Graduate School's website.

Admissions Deadlines

  • Fall: Jan. 15
  • Spring: Dec. 1


Matthew Schillizzi is the associate director of admissions and recruitment.
Phone: 215-204-6810