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Program Requirements

2.1 General Degree Requirements

Students must fulfill all admissions requirements specified on the UM School of Music Graduate Studies and Assistantships Website.  In addition, graduate students must maintain a 3.0 (B) grade average. No more than 7 hours of C+, C, or C- may be counted towards the degree. Grades of D or F will not count towards the degree, but will be computed in the GPA.

2.2 International Students

The Graduate School requires applicants whose native language is not English to take the TOEFL test. International students must score a 79 overall on the TOEFL and 26 on the TOEFL speaking section in order to be admitted to the University. The necessity for foreign transcripts to be evaluated by the World Education Services is determined on a case by case basis.
Graduates seeking School of Music Assistantships should apply to the School by February 1, audition by the end of February, and apply to the University by March 1. However, international students must have all test scores and credential evaluations on file at the University of Memphis Graduate Admissions (FedEx Institute of Technology Building, Suite 201) at least four months before the desired enrollment date. Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure full consideration.

2.3 Non-degree students

A student not interested in earning a degree or not yet ready to apply to a particular degree program may enroll as an unclassified graduate student. Students must have earned a 4-year degree, apply to the Graduate School, and submit their transcripts.  A maximum of 12 hours taken at the University of Memphis while in this category may be applied toward a master's degree.

2.4 Readmission

Students who do not attend a fall or a spring semester must apply for readmission. This is a simpler process than admission, but it does have the same deadlines. Some areas may require a new audition.  Students must also complete a Readmission Application to the Graduate School.  That form can be found under 'Application Forms' on the Graduate School Forms page.

2.5 Dismissal Policy

Any student whose academic or musical work does not meet the program requirements will be notified by the major instructor or faculty advisor in consultation with the area faculty and the Associate Director of Graduate Studies. The faculty advisor will outline the concerns and create a course of action, with a timeline, to improve the student's progress. If the quality of the work does not improve within the specified time, the student may be dismissed from the degree program.

Termination may also be enforced, according to Graduate School policy, at the end of the second consecutive semester, summers excluded, on Academic Probation (i.e. with a GPA below 3.00) or after the second failure of the Comprehensive Examination.