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The Graduate Application Process

There are two different degree streams, the Master of Music and Master of Arts, with unique application requirements. If you are applying for a degree in Composition, Instrumental/Vocal Performance, Instrumental/Choral Conducting, Opera, or Jazz Studies, you are a Master of Music applicant. If you are applying for a degree in Music Education or Musicology, you are a Master of Arts applicant.

**All application materials are due by January 15**; pre-screening materials, if required, are due by January 15 (see below).

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The Application Process—Master of Music

The following steps will guide you through the graduate admissions process.

  1. Apply to California State University Long Beach, using our Graduate Admissions Page
  2. Submit Supplementary Materials:
  • Pre-screening Audition Materials if you are applying to: Keyboard Studies, Jazz Studies, Choral Studies, Vocal / Opera Studies, and Percussion Studies (due by January 15)
  • A Statement of Purpose
  • Professional Résumé
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (one sent to University Admissions, one sent to Alicia M. Doyle, BCCM Graduate Advisor)
  1. Review Prospective Graduate Student Audition Requirements
  2. Schedule a Prospective Graduate Student Audition

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The Application Process—Master of Arts

The following steps will guide you through the graduate admissions process.

  1. Apply to California State University Long Beach, using our Graduate Admissions Page
  2. Submit Supplementary Materials:
  • A Statement of Purpose
  • Three writing samples that exhibit research
  • Professional Résumé
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (one sent to University Admissions, one sent to Alicia M. Doyle, BCCM Graduate Advisor)
  • Teaching Video (Music Education only)

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Supplementary Materials Submission

Electronic Submission

At this time, the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music does not have a way to centrally process electronic submission of supplemental materials. If you wish to submit your materials electronically, you will need to send them as an attachment to bccm.gradapp@gmail.com.

Letters of recommendation, if emailed, must come from the recommender’s email address. Recommenders are welcome to submit letters of recommendation as an email attachment to bccm.gradapp@gmail.com.

For prescreening applications, send a link to your materials, wherever you hold them (Google docs, Vimeo, etc.) to bccm.gradapp@gmail.com.

**NOTE: Your name MUST be in the subject line of your email and uploaded files. If a document does NOT have a name, it will be deleted**

Example: Graduate Applicant Materials.Gonzalez

Conventional Mail Submission

You may submit your materials via conventional mail instead. Letters of recommendation, if included by the applicant, must be in a sealed envelope or mailed directly from the recommender to:

  • Attention: Alicia Doyle
  • Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • 1250 Bellflower Blvd.
  • Long Beach, CA 90840-7101
  • 562-985-2490 fax
  • csulb.edu/coleconservatory

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  • 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd.
  • Long Beach, CA 90840-7101
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