Application, Dates, & Deadlines

MAY AUDITION APPLICATION DEADLINE - April 17, 2015

Click here to access the Fall 2015 online application through Decision Desk.

Prescreening Submission (where applicable)

MATERIALS DUE May 1, 2015

Bachelor of Music (BM)
Master of Music (MM), Professional Studies Certificate

SPECIAL ADMISSION TOPICS

Transfer Students
Readmission after Leave of Absence
Homeschooled Applicants
Admission for MSM Graduates
Precollege Division Admissions

ADMISSIONS MAILING ADDRESS

Office of Admissions
Manhattan School of Music
120 Claremont Ave.
New York, NY 10027


MATERIALS DUE May 1, 2015

Click here to access the Fall 2015 online application through Decision Desk.

Application Fee

Payment online only. $125 USD ($50 for current MSM students, current MSM Precollege students, and MSM college alumni). 

MSM Admissions Portal

The final step in completing the application to Manhattan School of Music is to set up a personal account on the MSM Admissions Portal.  Once the application is received the applicant will be emailed an invitation to create their profile on the Portal.  It typically takes a week for an application to be received and for the invitation to go out.  The portal account will allow the applicant to communicate with the Office of Admissions throughout the admission cycle. Applicants will use the portal to track supplemental documents, update teacher preferences, receive audition times and learn admission results. All applicants must register on the portal in order to receive this important information.

Non-Native English Speakers

  • An official iBT TOEFL score is required by May 1 for consideration during May auditions.
  • Non-Native English Speakers who do not have an official TOEFL score will not be invited to audition in May.
  • Certified English translations of all required transcripts (where applicable)
  • Please note a required English Assessment test will also be administered during Audition Week, but this does not replace the required TOEFL score.

Prescreening Submission (Where Applicable)

Many programs at Manhattan School of Music require the submission of prescreening materials in order to be invited to the audition.

For answers to the following, visit the Prescreening Process page.

  • Does my intended major require a prescreening submission?
  • What is the prescreening deadline?
  • How do I submit my prescreening materials?
  • When will I find out results for the prescreening round?

MATERIALS DUE May 1, 2015

Bachelor of Music (BM)

  • Two Letters of Recommendation – one academic and one musical
  • High School Transcripts – We recommend each applicant upload unofficial copies of transcripts to the online application for the initial phase of the admission process.  Official transcripts are only required after admission decisions are issued, and must be sent to MSM directly from the school(s) in an official sealed envelope.
  • Test Scores (recommended) – SAT or ACT

Master of Music (MM), Professional Studies Certificate

  • Two Letters of Recommendation – both musical
  • Undergraduate Transcripts – We recommend each applicant upload unofficial copies of their previous college transcripts to the online application for the initial phase of the admission process.  Official transcripts are only required after admission decisions are issued, and must be sent to MSM directly from the school(s) in an official sealed envelope.  We do not require graduate applicants to submit high school transcripts.

Non-Native English Speakers

  • English translations of all required transcripts (where applicable). English translations must be approved and stamped by the school, or be provided by a professional translation service.
  • iBT TOEFL
  • Please note a required English Assessment test will also be administered during Audition Week, but this does not replace the required TOEFL score.

SPECIAL ADMISSION TOPICS

May Auditions

May auditions will be held Monday, May 18th and Tuesday, May 19th.  Applications and prescreening for May auditions will be due April 17th, with a final deadline of May 1.  The procedures for March auditions remain the same for May auditions, so be sure to review the requirements for your instrument.  Applicants who had previously completed our application for March 2015 auditions are not eligible for May auditions.  The following programs are not open for May auditions: Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), Artist Diploma (AD), Contemporary Performance and Orchestral Performance.

Transfer Students

Admission status (freshman, sophomore or junior) as determined by the audition only refers to performance level. It does not refer to academic status (the number of credit hours that will transfer from your previous institution) nor determine the number of years it will take to complete your degree at MSM. Courses that will be considered for transfer credit are those with a strong writing component (i.e., Literature, Philosophy/Religion, History, Languages, etc.). Music courses do not transfer but credit can be obtained in certain areas through placement exams. Determination of transfer credit will be at the discretion of the Registrar. Address further questions to the Registrar at registrar@lists.msmnyc.edu.

Homeschool Applicants

Applicants to the undergraduate degree program who are homeschooled are required to provide MSM with comprehensive transcripts for four years of a high school curriculum as well as a high school diploma (or its equivalent, i.e. TASC, GED or HiSET).

Admission for MSM Graduates

Students who are currently enrolled at MSM and are applying directly to another MSM program are exempt from the TOEFL requirement unless applying for a doctoral program. These students are also exempt from submitting prescreening materials with the exception of OP Flute and DMA Piano applicants who are required to submit prescreening material.

Students who have graduated from MSM and are applying to another MSM program and have taken at least one year off must submit prescreening material if required by their major. If English is not their first language, they must either submit a recent TOEFL score or apply for a TOEFL exemption.

All current MSM students or MSM graduates will pay a reduced application fee of $50.

Click here to access MSM's Fall 2015 online application.

Readmission after Leave of Absence

Former students who wish to return to MSM to complete their degree after an absence of more than two consecutive semesters must reapply for admission through the regular admission cycle. Please contact the Admissions Office at admission@msmnyc.edu with questions about re-enrolling at MSM.

Precollege Division Admissions

Those seeking instruction for primary and secondary school-age children and young adults should visit our Precollege Admissions page to find out about special requirements and admission to this exciting program.

Dates and Deadlines


April 1, 2015

March Auditions Admissions decisions available 

April 17, 2015

Priority Deadline for May Application
Priority Deadline for May prescreening recordings

May 1, 2015

Final Deadline for May Application 
Final Deadline for May prescreening recordings
Deadline for transcripts
Deadline for recommendation letters
Deadline for official iBT TOEFL score

May 8, 2015

Deadline for May recorded video audition submissions
Find out about eligibility

May 1, 2015

Deadline for May application financial aid forms

May 18 - May 19, 2015

MSM May Auditions held in campus in New York City
Audition procedures

June 1, 2015

Final admission decisions available

June 15, 2015

Deadline for accepted students to respond to admissions offer

Final Deadline for Application 
Final Deadline for prescreening recordings