Applying to the Graduate Program

Applicants desiring to begin graduate studies in the fall semester should have the following materials on file in the Greatbatch School of Music office by March 31, unless otherwise indicated below. Applications received by November 1 are exempt from the $40 application fee. Please read the Statement of Faith and Community Covenant for Graduate Students before signing the graduate application.

All materials should be submitted online, emailed to, or mailed to:

Graduate Music Coordinator
Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College
One Willard Avenue
Houghton, NY  14744

Application Checklist

    • Completed Application
    • Graded Sample of Undergraduate Upper-Level Academic Writing in Music (preferably a history or analysis paper)
    • Repertoire List (see application for guidelines)
    • Transcript(s)
      • official undergraduate transcript(s)
      • official graduate transcript(s) if applicable
    • Personal Statement (see application for guidelines)
    • Audition Registration Form (You may Register Online.)
      • Include Accompanist Request for Audition (if applicable)
      • Scores for Accompanist (if applicable)
      • Application Fee ($40), unless received by Nov. 1.

Additional Requirements

Applicants for MM in Composition must also send a portfolio of original compositions including scores and an audio or video recording of the works (due January 25, 2021).

Applicants for MM in Instrumental or Choral Conducting must send a video recording (due January 25, 2021). The video must be either DVD or private/unlisted YouTube URLs. (No VHS, please.) It is requested, but not required, that the DVD have both performance and rehearsal footage.

Applicants who do not have an undergraduate music degree should send a video recording of themselves in performance (due January 25, 2021).

Audition and Interview

All applicants to the graduate program at the Greatbatch School of Music are required to present an entrance audition. These auditions are designed to give studio faculty opportunity to meet each applicant and to assess strengths and potential for success in graduate music studies. The applicant will also be interviewed by the Graduate Committee. Please see our Auditions page for details.

International Student Applications

Citizens of countries other than the United States and Canada have additional application requirements. These students must complete the Financial Declaration and Financial Affidavit and be approved by the Graduate Committee before being invited to submit an application to the graduate program.

Download the required Financial Declaration & Affidavit Form (PDF).

Students from non-English speaking countries must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A paper-based TOEFL score of 600, computer-based score of 250, or internet-based score of 100 is required for admission to the graduate program.  Houghton’s TOEFL code is 2299. Information on the TOEFL is available on the web at