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Steps to Apply

  1. Complete the application for graduate study online or fill out a paper application.

  2. Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee. If you are applying online, you may pay via credit card. All checks should be made out to Rider University and should include the student’s name and phone number.

  3. Complete an audition or submit a recorded audition and/or your digital materials.
    Please note: Applicants will receive a link to the online audition scheduler via email once the application and processing fee have been received.

    Note: Students applying for a Master of Music degree program but who do not hold an undergraduate degree in music must submit a pre-screening recording following the same requirements as the on-campus audition. The pre-screening recording must be submitted at least one month prior to the requested audition date.

  4. Submit a repertoire list. All applicants (except Music Education and American Public Musicology) must submit a current and complete list of works performed. Applicants planning to register for an on-campus audition can email their repertoire list to [email protected] When submitting a recorded audition you will have the option to upload documents, such as your repertoire list.

  5. Submit two reference letters. We would like a reference from your current or most recent music teacher. The remaining reference(s) can be of your choosing. You will have the option when registering for the audition or submitting a recorded audition to provide the names and email addresses of your two references which we will then contact with instructions on how to upload a letter to your application or please ask your references to mail the recommendations directly to the Admissions Office at the address below.

  6. Submit a personal statement. Each graduate applicant is asked to write a substantial essay of at least 500 words unless otherwise specified in the audition/admission requirements. Applicants planning to register for an on-campus audition can email their personal statement to [email protected] When submitting a recorded audition you will have the option to upload documents, such as your personal statement.

  7. Submit a current resume. Applicants planning to register for an on-campus audition can email their resume to [email protected] When submitting a recorded audition you will have the option to upload documents, such as your resume. To be considered for a Graduate Assistantship please submit a work resume in addition to your performance resume.

  8. Submit official transcripts from every college or university attended.

  9. Submit Evidence of English Language Proficiency
    Non-native English speakers must submit evidence of English language proficiency by providing results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or PTE (Pearson Test of English academic).

  • This requirement may be waived for students attending International schools. For more information, e-mail [email protected].

  • Rider University’s TOEFL Code: 2758

  • Minimum Scores
    TOEFL iBT: 79 (scores that fall between 75 - 78 will require further review)
    TOEFL PBT: 540
    IELTS: 6.0
    PTE 53

  • Students with scores below the university's minimum requirements will be considered for conditional admission through Rider's English Language Institute.


Application Deadlines

Applications must be received at least three weeks in advance of the requested audition date.

Admissions Mailing Address

Office of Admission
Westminster Application Processing Center
Rider University
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-9943


Audition/Interview Requirements

Requirements for all Master of Music (M.M.) programs and Special Admissions Programs can be found on our Auditions and Interviews page.