have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
have a minimum 2.8 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to Admissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
A student applying to this program must:
Undergraduate degree in music, or the equivalent for international students.
School of Music application (included within the university application).
Three current letters of recommendation
A live or recorded performance audition on the applicant’s primary applied instrument. Suggested repertoire may be found under the music studios area for your specific instrument/voice.
The GRE is not required.
List of works conducted in public performance, including dates and name of the performing ensemble.
A "face-to-the-camera" video of the applicant conducting in both rehearsal and performance settings. Both small and large ensemble excerpts are acceptable. The video should be approximately 15 minutes of material. Please take one minute at the beginning of the video to introduce yourself and briefly describe your goals in pursuing the Master’s degree in Conducting.
Additional Admission Requirements for International Students
English translation(s) of official transcript(s), verified with fresh seals and signatures.
Official English Language Exam Score (TOEFL or IELTS). The minimum iBT TOEFL score is 79. The minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5. Official scores need to be sent to Illinois State directly from ETS (TOEFL) or the testing center which administered the test (IELTS).
Copy of passport.
The documents listed above for international students need to be sent to the Office of Admissions.
Admission Dates and Deadlines
Applications reviewed as space permits (International student deadline is May 1)
Applications reviewed as space permits (International student deadline is October 1)
Applications reviewed as space permits (International student deadline is April 1)