Admission


The Hybrid Summer Master of Arts in Music and Music Education (M.A. M&ME) attracts students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, experiences, and musical and educative interests. The program offers students an unparalleled post-graduate educational experience from Columbia University’s world-renowned Teachers College (TC). It aims to deepen the capacities of each student in their approach to teaching, research, and performance through creative explorations and robust inquiry.

The Hybrid Summer M.A. M&ME considers the whole person when evaluating applicants and requires no GRE or minimum GPA. We look forward to reviewing your application!


Upcoming Start Dates

You have two opportunities to begin the program each year. Though student cohorts begin with the Summer Residency, you can begin the program with online courses in the Spring term.

Upcoming Semesters

Summer Residency 2019: July 8 to August 1, 2019

Admissions Requirements


Music Ed class at Teachers CollegeTo be considered for admission, individuals must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Most students hold an undergraduate degree in music or music education, but it is not required. If your degree is not from an institution that fits this description, you must submit your higher education credentials to WES or ECE for a course-by-course evaluation.

Candidates should already be teaching certified, or not seeking teaching certification. Individuals who qualify as candidates include current teachers in private, public, charter, and international schools or settings, including those who teach in studios or community organizations. We also welcome applicants who have earned teaching certification via an undergraduate program.


Admissions Process


We accept applications on this rolling admission schedule:

Semester Start Application Deadline
Summer Residency (July 2019) Domestic Students: June 15, 2019
International Students: March 1, 2019

Applicants must submit all of their application materials to the Teachers College Office of Admission for preliminary review. Once your application is complete, TC will forward it to the Music and Music Education Admission Committee for final review. The committee will then forward its decision to the Office of Admission.

Students who are admitted into the program receive:

  • Electronic offer of admission from the Director of Admission and New Student Enrollment
  • Welcome email from the Program Director of the TC Music and Music Education Program

Students who are denied admission receive:

  • Denial letter, via email, from the Director of Admission and New Student Enrollment

Application Materials


As part of the admissions process, all candidates must submit these materials:

  • Completed online application for the Hybrid Summer M.A.
  • Transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Statement of purpose
  • Current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional)
  • $65 application fee

Instructions for Transcripts and Statement of Purpose

Transcripts

As part of a complete application for admission, students must submit unofficial or official transcripts from all institutions they have attended. An unofficial transcript is a copy of an official transcript provided to a student by their institution’s transcript office. At a higher education institution, the Office of the Registrar typically is responsible for handling transcripts.

Upload a scanned copy as part of your application to TC. Students who attended institutions outside the United States and Canada, must submit their higher education credentials to WES or ECE for a course-by-course evaluation.*

Upon enrollment, students must have their issuing institutions submit an official copy of their transcripts directly to Teachers College via mail or a secure electronic system.

Transcripts can be mailed to:

Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
Box 302
New York, NY 10027

* Domestic students who obtained their bachelor’s degrees outside of the United States or Canada, please see the International Admission page for details about evaluation requirements. This does not pertain to students from the United States and Canada spending a semester or year abroad, i.e. “study abroad.”

Statement of Purpose

When reviewing a statement of purpose, the admission committee carefully considers the applicant’s ability to relate their background and experience to the goals of Teachers College, the program in Music and Music Education, and the Hybrid Summer M.A.

Write a statement that is two to three double-spaced pages in length.

Be sure to describe:

  • Your academic and professional background
  • Your plans for graduate school
  • Your professional goals
  • How and why you are a good fit for the program

Resume

Your resume should be a standard professional resume, which could be a chronological listing of your employment and educational history, academic endeavors, and other significant activities.

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