School of Music George Mason University

School of Music George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
April 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Departments and Programs
departments and programs

Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Vocal Performance Artist Certificate
    • Instrumental Performance Artist Certificate
    • Musical Arts Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) [composition]
      Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) [conducting]
      Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) [performance]
    • Music Education Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Music Master of Music (MM) [composition]
      Master of Music (MM) [conducting]
      Master of Music (MM) [jazz studies]
      Master of Music (MM) [music education]
      Master of Music (MM) [pedagogy]
      Master of Music (MM) [performance]
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 22
    • Doctoral Degrees 3
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 1
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


69% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 68
    • Accepted 47
    • Acceptance Rate 69
    • Enrolled 28
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $80
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline April 1st Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st Not Reported Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesbaccalaureate degree in music or another related discipline; audition or portfolio with samples (depending on program); official transcripts; expanded goals statement; 2 letters of recommendation
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, master's degree in music; minimum GPA of 3.0 in master's-level coursework, 3.5 in courses related to area of study; 3 letters of recommendation; writing sample; audition or portfolio (depending on program)
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced Degreesartist certificate application or current resume; bachelor's degree in music or equivalent; official transcripts; expanded goals statement; 2 letters of recommendation; audition and standard repertory sample on CD
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 570 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships, health care benefits (for full-time research or teaching assistantship recipients)

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students81
    • Female Percentage42%
    • Male Percentage58%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students81
    • Part-time Percentage52%
    • Full-time Percentage48%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino8%
    • Black / African American8%
    • White / Caucasian65%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander1%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown12%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty93
    • Full-time Percentage22%
    • Part-time Percentage78%
    • Female Percentage34%
    • Male Percentage66%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchSingle or multiple instruments, music education, composition, conducting, pedagogy
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported

Location & Contact

School of Music

George Mason University

4400 University Drive, MSN 3E3
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

Dr. Dennis Layendecker


Phone: 703-993-5082
Fax: 703-993-1394

Dr. Rachel Bergman

Graduate Director

Phone: 703-993-1395
Fax: 703-993-1394

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