Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Music Admission Requirements

  • Minimum overall grade-point average required is 2.75. Minimum major grade-point average required is also 2.75.
  • All graduate students in music must take written diagnostic exams in music history and theory before the end of the registration period of their first semester of study and prior to admission to regular graduate status.
  • Two letters of reference are to be submitted from professional sources (i.e., former professor/mentor, private teacher, etc.).
  • All students pursuing a master's degree in music must have, at the undergraduate level, music courses equivalent to those required in an appropriate undergraduate degree program at Radford University.
  • All students entering the M.A. (Music) program, which requires at least two hours of graduate level applied study, must also present an entrance audition in their applied performance area for placement purposes.

Master of Science in Music Admission Requirements

  • Minimum overall and in-major grade-point average required is 2.75.
  • All graduate students in Music must take written diagnostic exams in music history and theory before the end of the registration period of their first semester of study and prior to admission to regular graduate status. Two letters of reference are to be submitted from professional sources (i.e., former professor/mentor, private teacher, etc.).
  • All students pursuing a master's degree in music must have, at the undergraduate level, music courses equivalent to those required in an appropriate undergraduate degree program at Radford University.
  • Students entering the M.S. in Music Therapy without a bachelor's degree from an NASM member institution must also present an entrance audition in their undergraduate major and minor performing areas for diagnostic purposes.

Music Theory Resources for Diagnostic Exam review

The Radford University Graduate Music department provides resources that can be used to prepare for the music theory diagnostic exam required of all entering graduate students in music at Radford University.

View music theory diagnostic exam resources.