International Admission

WELCOME, INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS!

We are excited to have you in the UCA Department of Music. International students are an important part of our program and our community.
We want to help you with your transition to UCA. Please scroll down for important links and admission information, and let us know if we can help.

 

    

For priority scholarship consideration, apply by February 1st for Fall (August) Admission or by September 1st for Spring (January) Admission

 

Important International Office Links

International Engagement
Pre-Arrival Checklist
Important Forms and Information

Undergraduate Admission for International Students

Applicants for undergraduate admission will need to submit the following:

  1. Prospective Student/Music Scholarship Application which includes the following:
    • Unedited performance exhibiting a variety of musical styles and technical accomplishment (For detailed information, please refer to our audition page).
    • Sign and return commitment and/or scholarship letter
  2. UCA Undergraduate Applications for International Admission (following Department of Music acceptance)
    • International Application Fee
    • Copy of the Biographical Page of Your Passport
    • Proof of Financial Support (Please Note: Music scholarships can be used to help fulfill this requirement.)
    • Academic Records
    • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Transfer/Post Baccalaureate Admission for International Students

If you already have a bachelor, master or doctoral degree and need undergraduate classes or want to complete an additional Bachelor degree you may apply for admission as a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking post-baccalaureate student.

  1. Prospective Student/Music Scholarship Application which includes the following:
    • Unedited performance exhibiting a variety of musical styles and technical accomplishment (For detailed information, please refer to our audition page).
    • Sign and return commitment and/or scholarship letter
  2. UCA Post-Baccalaureate Application for International Admission (following Department of Music acceptance)
    • International Application Fee
    • Copy of the Biographical Page of Your Passport
    • Proof of Financial Support (Please Note: Music scholarships can be used to help fulfill this requirement.)
    • Academic Records
    • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Graduate Certificate Admission for International Students

The Graduate Certificate in Music is a program designed to allow talented and dedicated instrumentalists and singers further time to advance their abilities as musicians and performers and/or to increase their preparedness to enter a graduate degree program or the world of music as professionals. Through close work with UCA’s faculty in applied lessons and ensembles or accompanying, students receive exposure to a variety of types of performing while being able to bring particular focus to the culmination of the program of study – a full recital during the final semester.

Applicants for Graduate Certificate admission will need to submit the following:

  1. Prospective Student/Music Scholarship Application which includes the following:
    • One letter of recommendation
    • List of repertoire studied
    • Unedited performance exhibiting a variety of musical styles and technical accomplishment (For detailed information, please refer to our audition page).
    • Sign and return commitment and/or scholarship letter
  2. UCA GC Application for International Admission (following Department of Music acceptance)
    • International Application Fee (Replaces the Graduate School Application Fee only)
    • Copy of the Biographical Page of Your Passport
    • Proof of Financial Support (Please Note: Music scholarships can be used to help fulfill this requirement.)
    • Academic Records
    • Proof of English Language Proficiency
    • GRE

Master’s Degree Admission for International Students

Graduate work in music is designed to provide advanced professional training. The Music Education concentration in the Master of Music degree program provides advanced study of music teaching in elementary and secondary schools and professional preparation for those who already possess initial certification. Other Master of Music concentrations provide specialized study in performance, conducting, and music theory. Read more about these areas and admission here.

Applicants for Master’s Degree admission will need to submit the following:

  1. Prospective Student/Music Scholarship Application
    • An appropriate audition for your emphasis area as described below:
      • For performance and conducting areas: An audition with area faculty. Performance in the area of specialization is to reflect the basic proficiency of a college undergraduate. Music audition requirements vary from area to area. For detailed information, please refer to our audition page.
      • For vocal performance: An audition with area faculty. Performance in the area of specialization is to reflect the basic proficiency of a college undergraduate. Music audition requirements vary from area to area. For detailed information, please refer to our audition page. Diction and comprehension examinations in French, German, and Italian will be given before or during the first semester, with deficiencies to be cleared before graduation. A score of 70% or higher will be considered satisfactory and no formal review will be necessary; a student who earns a score below 70% will need to take and pass a one-hour review course in the tested language. Possible review courses include MUS 5101 (French Diction Review), MUS 5102 (German Diction Review), and MUS 5103 (Italian Diction Review). MUS 5101, 5102, and 5103 do NOT count toward a graduate degree and may add to a student’s overall course load. These classes DO count toward the requirement to carry 9 hours of graduate credit per semester.
      • For choral conducting: A video-recorded performance of the applicant’s ensemble. Diction and comprehension exams in French, German, Italian, and Latin, will be given before or during the first semester, with deficiencies to be cleared before graduation. A score of 70% or higher will be considered satisfactory and no formal review will be necessary; a student who earns a score below 70% will need to take and pass a one-hour review course in the tested language. Possible review courses include MUS 5101 (French Diction Review), MUS 5102 (German Diction Review), MUS 5103 (Italian Diction Review), and MUS 5104 (Latin Diction Review). MUS 5101, 5102, 5103, and 5104 do NOT count toward a graduate degree and may add to a student’s overall course load. These classes DO count toward the requirement to carry 9 hours of graduate credit per semester.
      • For music theory: A score of at least 75% on the University of Central Arkansas Department of Music Theory Diagnostic Exam, to be given before acceptance into the program; and a writing sample (undergraduate paper and/or directed essay) submitted to the Music Theory faculty.
    • Sign and return commitment and/or scholarship letter
  2. UCA Master’s Degree Application for International Admission (following Department of Music acceptance)
    • International Application Fee
    • Copy of the Biographical Page of Your Passport
    • Proof of Financial Support (Please Note: Music scholarships can be used to help fulfill this requirement.)
    • Academic Records
    • Proof of English Language Proficiency
    • GRE