Master of Music Education - Admission Requirements

The priority admission deadline is February 1 for fall admission. All admission materials must be received by the Graduate Studies office on or before this date. If space is available after the priority deadline, the Admissions Committee will consider applications submitted by July 15th. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by February 1 to ensure review of their materials.

Applicants must submit:

1. An online application for admission

2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

3. Two letters of recommendation.

4. An applied entrance audition.

Admission Requirements for all graduate music degrees:

In addition to meeting Winthrop University general admission requirements for all graduate students, the applicant for admission to a graduate program in music should:

1. Have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

2. Pass an applied entrance audition. Students who do not pass the applied entrance audition will study at the undergraduate level. Graduate-level study must be attained by the end of the first semester.


Diagnostic placement examinations should be taken prior to the semester of initial enrollment in the graduate program. Prospective students should contact Dr. Elisa Koehler, by phone at 803/323-2255, or by e-mail at to confirm their intent to perform the audition and take the diagnostic placement examinations.

In addition to the general admission requirements for all graduate degrees in music, the Master of Music Education degree requires that all applicants hold a baccalaureate degree with a major in music education, or its equivalent, from an accredited institution. Students whose undergraduate degree does not carry certification in music should enroll in the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program through the Richard W. Riley College of Education, Sport, and Human Sciences.