Admission Requirements

PhD in Music: Composition and Music Technology

Please submit everything required by The Graduate School plus the following:

    • A complete list of works written, giving dates and instrumentation AND a complete list of composition performances, including dates, venues, and performers. This should be submitted as one document under Writing Sample.
    • An analysis of a musical work composed no earlier than 1950. This should be uploaded to Supplemental Document Section 1.
    • A second analytical or music history paper. This should be uploaded to Supplemental Document Section 2.
    • A composition portfolio consisting of three to five representative compositions. These works should incorporate a variety of media and show familiarity with current trends. The works should be uploaded as one document to Supplemental Document Section 3. Recordings of the pieces, though not required, are preferred. If they are available, please provide links at the top of each score to external sites, such as a personal website, SoundCloud, YouTube, etc.

    Based on a preliminary review of the composition portfolio, candidates may be invited to campus. Candidates should plan to be on campus for the entire day to interview with the composition faculty.

    Composition Coordinator: Jay Alan Yim, jaymar@northwestern.edu

    In addition to these program-specific requirements, please review general admission requirements for all PhD in Music applicants: 

    See PhD Application Requirements


    All applicants to the PhD program must apply to The Graduate School at Northwestern University. 

    Do not submit an application to the Bienen School of Music.

    The Graduate School application may not accommodate large video/file uploads. If you are unable to upload a video file or large document, please contact the Office of Music Admission and Financial Aid for assistance: musiclife@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3141

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