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Master of Arts (MA)

Use this check-list to keep track of all the required items. Click on each item (or scroll down) for details. Please consider printing this page—so you can keep track of your progress.

Required Application Materials

Once you have started your application, you can save your progress and return to your application at any time.  When you have completed your application, you will be able to review and submit it before paying the application fee of $120.  Once your application has been sealed, you will not be able to make changes.

After you have submitted your application…

Letters of Recommendation

You will be asked to submit email addresses for three academic references. These people will automatically be emailed with instructions on how to electronically submit their recommendation. While you must submit these email addresses by the December 1st deadline, your recommenders will have until February 1st (Regular Admissions) or April 15th (Late Admissions) to submit their recommendations.  If you want to change your recommender or their email address after submitting your application, contact the Admissions office.


International students: If English is not your native language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Scores must be sent to us by the respective testing services. If we do not have an official test score for you by February 1st, your application will be considered “incomplete” and we will be unable to make an admission decision. Our TOEFL code number is 5532.  We look for a TOEFL score of 79 or higher, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. International assitantship applicants must produce an acceptable score by the December 1st deadline.

College Transcripts

Please scan and upload your transcripts from the colleges you have attended to our application. These transcripts may be official or unofficial copies.  Please include classes that are in progress for which you have not yet received grades.  We will not accept any hard copy transcripts during the application process.  They must be uploaded to your application.  Once you have been accepted if you choose to come to Peabody, we will ask you to request that your school send a hard copy, final transcript before orientation.

International applicants are required to upload all transcripts in English.

A qualifying undergraduate degree should include 3 years of study following completion of secondary school (or high school) and 25 post-secondary credit hours of non-musical study, the equivalent of 50 European transfer credits (ETCS).


Upload a copy of your resume.


Upload an essay discussing your reasons for pursuing the MA program.

The MA program has two programs of study and the instructions are slightly different.

  • Acoustics: Expand your essay (1 to 2 pages) describing your background. Include: applicable coursework, research, professional and/or other related experience in audio and acoustics. Describe what you wish to learn from the program with special emphasis on a specific area of interest within the discipline. Include a statement about how this program fits in with your plans for the future.
  • Recording Arts & Sciences: Upload examples of your recording work (including several kinds of recorded music), annotated with a written description and sketch of the session and/or concerts, a list of microphones used— along with your rationale for using them. Please use .WAV format for all recordings.

Financial Aid Application

(deadline is March 1st for Regular Admissions and April 15th for Late Admissions)

Please visit our Financial Aid page for information.


About a month before your visit, you will receive an invitation from us stating the day and time of your interview here at Peabody. Personal interviews will also be held on these days. For the MA Recording Arts & Sciences, you will be asked to complete an online evaluation that will help us better assess your knowledge of microphone theory and application, signal flow, and digital audio.

On the day of your interview, plan to arrive early and check in at the reception area.

When will you learn the results?

Information from your audition/interview, along with the rest of your credentials, will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. On April 1 (June 14 for Late Admissions), we will send you an email containing interview results and access to other information related to your application. Decisions for incomplete applications will not be made until we receive the missing information.