Graduate Admission FAQs

1. How do I apply?
Students must submit a Rider University Graduate Student Application for Admission, including a $50 non-refundable application fee. For other requirements for each program, please refer to the How to Apply section.

International students: Please visit our International Admission web site to learn more about our requirements for international students.

2. What are the application deadlines?
It is suggested that students applying for admission to the spring semester submit the application by October 1 and by January 1 for the fall semester. These dates are suggestions. The only requirement is that the Office of Admission receives the completed application and processing fee at least three weeks prior to the requested audition date.  Choral Conducting applicants must submit the application, pre-screening recording and transcripts by December 1.

International students: Please visit our International Admission web site to learn more about our requirements for international students.

3. Does Westminster require a pre-screening recording?
Westminster requires that students applying to the Master of Music in Choral Conducting submit a pre-screening recording postmarked no later than December 1. Also, students applying for the Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance who do not hold an undergraduate degree in music must also submit a pre-screening recording. Pre-screening recording requirements can be found in the Audition Requirements. The pre-screening recording must be submitted at least one month prior to the requested audition date.

4. What is the cost to attend Westminster Choir College of Rider University?
Visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships section for up-to-date information regarding Graduate Tuition and Fees. If you are a US citizen/resident and you are planning to apply for a student loan, you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is located on-line and can be accessed at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Questions about financial aid may be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services at 800-257-9026 or 609-896-5360.

5. Are Graduate Assistantships available? How do I apply?
A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available for graduate students. To apply for a Westminster Graduate Assistantships follow the link to the Graduate Assistantship and Scholarship web page and online Graduate Assistantship application. Applications for assistantships received by March 1 will receive priority. Consideration will be given only to full time students accepted into the graduate program. Assistantships are reviewed at the end of the first year and are not renewable after the second year (a total of four semesters).