Manhattan School of Music welcomes students from over 50 countries around the globe, making the school a diverse and dynamic learning community. Learn how to apply as an international student below.
Transcripts, Translations, & WES Evaluations
Financial Aid for International Students
General Application Materials
View a full list of application materials required of all applicants
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
All students whose first language is not English must submit an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score. Only tests taken after January 1, 2011 will be considered.
TOEFL General Information
TOEFL scores must be received by December 1st in order to move forward in the admissions process.
Manhattan School of Music TOEFL code: 2396
Only internet-based (iBT) scores will be accepted;
Do not submit paper-based (pBT) scores.
Register for a test
TOEFL Score Requirements by Degree
All Programs (except Doctoral) – Minimum score of 79 iBT or higher. Admitted students scoring between 49-78 iBT will be required to enroll in the school's Summer English Study (SES) course.
Doctoral candidates are required to have a minimum Score of 100 iBT. Doctoral applicants scoring below 100 iBT will not be considered for admission.
TOEFL Exemption Request
Applicants who have completed a full-time, 4-year degree program at an English-speaking college/university within one year of application are eligible to request TOEFL exemption. Requests are due by December 1st.
You must submit the exemption form, photocopies of your transcripts, photocopy of your essay, and any past TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, ACT, or GRE scores to help strengthen your case. Completion and submission of TOEFL exemption form does not guarantee that TOEFL exemption will be granted by the Admissions Committee. If the TOEFL exemption is not granted, applicants must register immediately for the next available test. Exemption requests will not be reviewed after December 1st.
Email to request a TOEFL exemption request form
International Transcripts, Translations, & WES Evaluations
Transcripts & Translations
Applicants must submit transcripts in the original language. For transcripts that are not in English, applicants must also submit official, notarized translations.
Completion of an international program of study does not always guarantee equivalency to the same program or degree in the United States. A World Education Services (WES) evaluation allows MSM to determine a student’s eligibility for the desired program of study. Manhattan School of Music requires that transcripts from international institutions be evaluated by WES. Evaluations are due by August 1, 2013.
Request a WES evaluation
The following are important considerations when applying for a WES evaluation:
Late submission of WES evaluation may affect the student’s ability to complete the SEVIS I-20 and Visa process.
The “Course-by-Course” evaluation is preferred. Electronic Delivery of WES Evaluation report to MSM is preferred. Ensure that MSM is authorized to receive a copy of your report. Allow up to 6 weeks to process an evaluation.
All final WES evaluations (showing proof of equivalency to the U.S. educational system) must be received by the Office of Admissions by August 1, 2013.
Due to similarities with the U.S. educational system, exceptions to the WES requirement include: Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Canada. In some cases, the Office of Admissions may need to request a WES evaluation from applicants studying in these countries.
New York, NY - March 1-8, 2013 (held at Manhattan School of Music)
Individual invitations to an audition in NYC will be emailed by February 1st.
Applicants should print the invitation email sent by the Office of Admissions and take it to an embassy visa appointment.
USA Schools of Music Asia Audition Schedule
(visit www.usaschoolsofmusic.com/ASIA for specific locations and times)
October 8, 2012: Seoul
October 10-12, 2012: Taipei
October 14, 2012: Hong Kong
October 16, 2012: Bangkok
October 19-20, 2012: Singapore
October 22-23, 2012: Guangzhou
October 25-26, 2012: Shanghai
October 29-31, 2012: Beijing
Learn detailed information about MSM’s auditions
Find out if you are eligible for a recorded audition
Financial Aid for International Students
MSM offers two sources of aid to international students: Manhattan School of Music Scholarship and the President's Award. Scholarships are offered to a select group of highly qualified applicants, based on the results of the audition and financial need. The President's Award is a no-need award, based on the results of the applicant's audition. Financial Aid submissions are due on March 1.
Apply for financial aid
Applicants who are offered admission to Manhattan School of Music will need to visit the Accepted Student web page in April to learn how to apply for a student visa. This process will require the submission of documents proving financial support for the of the individual's degree program at Manhattan School of Music. International students must pursue a full-time program of study in order to obtain a visa to study at Manhattan School of Music.
Email the Director of International Student Services for more information
In addition to its regular admissions process for degree programs and certificates, MSM accepts applications from exchange students. Whether a student is enrolled with one of our partner institutions, or has secured government funding enabling them to study in the US for a semester or two, we accept applications for consideration of an educational exchange.