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Graduate Student Handbook

Master of Music
Admission Requirements & Procedures

All students wishing to enroll in graduate studies in music at Southwestern Oklahoma State University must first apply for admission to the College of Professional and Graduate Studies (CPGS). The CPGS determines whether or not the student meets the minimum standards for admission to our university graduate degree programs. Students’ applications must include the following:

1) Application for Admission the University

2) Application for Admission the College of Professional and Graduate Studies

3) Submit two letters of recommendation.

4) An official transcript of all undergraduate work which also states the undergraduate degree has been granted.

5) A completed and signed Nine-Hour Policy Statement

The CPGS will not act to admit a student until all of these have been submitted to them. Unless we check with the CPGS office about a student whom we think is applying, the CPGS Office will not notify us of any application materials that may be missing.

Once all of these things are received, the CPGS Office will make a decision to admit or not. If the student is admitted, the CPGS Office will compile the information and forward it to the Music Department for consideration and a decision to deny or accept.

Once the student’s application information has been received by the Music Department, a Departmental Entrance Committee of faculty member from the student’s proposed area of study is formed to review the information and make a final decision to accept or deny. The committee notifies the Department Chair or the Coordinator of Graduate Music Studies of their decision. The admissions paperwork is then signed by the Chair of the Department of the Coordinator of Graduate Music Studies and is returned to the CPGS for their official processing.

Admission to SWOSU Graduate Degree Programs

For ALL Graduate Students:

A bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association is required.

An application for admission or readmission to the University is required. The application to the Graduate School and additional graduate forms may be found here.

Please Note: 

  • Admission to the university is separate from admission to graduate school. 
  • A student must be admitted to the university in order to enroll in graduate classes.

Official transcript(s) of all credit earned should be sent to the Graduate Office. 

A student for whom English is a second language wishing to be considered for admission must provide results of TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 or IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5.

An international student must complete a Certification of Financial Resources Form showing sufficient resources to provide for the student’s entire program of study and living expenses while at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. A minimum deposit of $1,500 is required. The student must also provide evidence of health insurance.

When completed credentials are on file with the Graduate Office, the file will be evaluated to determine admissibility to a graduate program.

Incomplete application files will not be kept longer than two years.

For additional degree requirements, contact the Graduate Studies office at graduatestudies@swosu.edu or e-mail the specific department.


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