What do I need to apply?

  • Graduate teacher preparation and school leadership candidates must submit:
    • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogy Test (MAT), or other acceptable, nationally normed admissions examination.
    • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • Personal essay demonstrating candidates’ beliefs about student learning, commitment to diversity, enthusiasm for learning, willingness to foster collaboration, and ethics.
  • A bachelor’s degree in music from an institution accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).


General liberal arts course requirements constitute a prerequisite of the program, although some of these requirements may be completed concurrently, at the discretion of the faculty. Completion of the following courses are necessary to satisfy this requirement:

  • Writing Skills: Applicants must have completed at least one course with significant instruction in writing/composition, or show evidence of waiver of this requirement by their undergraduate institutions.
  • Social Sciences: Students must have completed a course offered by a social science department other than history or psychology, or an interdisciplinary social science course.
  • Humanities: Students must have completed a humanities course in an area other than the arts. This prerequisite may be satisfied by a second history course, containing a clear humanities focus; a course in philosophy, literature, religion, linguistics, or other relevant area (subject to approval); or an interdisciplinary course with a humanities focus.
  • Mathematics, Science, Technology: Students must have completed at least one college-level course in mathematics and one college-level science or science-related course. Acceptable science-related courses include courses in biopsychology, physical geography, physical anthropology, and other areas (subject to approval).
  • Foreign Language: Applicants are expected to have studied a language other than English (which may include American Sign Language) through the first year of college study or equivalent, as demonstrated through completion of appropriate college or high school (Level III) courses.

What is the application deadline?

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Those who wish to apply for a School of Education Scholarship should apply by January 15 for the following fall semester. Applications are considered for Fall, Spring or Summer start dates.

For general information about graduate admissions and study, please contact Speranza Migliore at or 315-443-2505.

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Syracuse University Graduate School Application