Undergraduate Admissions Information

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Undergraduate Admissions


Graduate Admissions Information

Admissions Information for Master of Music Degrees

International students for whom English is a second language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

All application materials and supporting materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation and test scores where applicable) should be arranged well in advance so that you include them in your application packet (except for test scores, which are sent directly to the School of Music).

All application materials listed below should be mailed in one envelope and must be received by July 1:

  1. Completed Application Form.
  2. Completed application will include a nonrefundable application of $100 (U.S.) payable to Mercer University. You will be contacted directly by the Director of Graduate Studies or the School of Music Office about your fee payment options once your application and supporting materials are received.*
  3. Official transcripts of all academic records sent in a sealed envelope from all college and universities attended.*
  4. Curriculum vitae (summarizing academic, performance, and employment information). Optional: examples of involvement in liturgical, musical, or artistic activities.*
  5. Repertory list of major performance area.*
  6. A writing sample, such as a term paper, thesis, course paper, etc.
  7. A short essay (500-1,000 words) relating your goals pertaining to this degree.
  8. Three letters of recommendation, each in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature across the seal. The Recommendation Form should accompany each letter of recommendation.
  9. Official scores from TOEFL (if applicable).

*Only the supporting materials, which are asterisked, are required to complete the Application for Admission for those students seeking matriculation into the Artist Diploma Program.

Upon submission of the application form, please send all supporting materials (and any other communication) to:

Graduate Music Admissions
Townsend School of Music
Mercer University
1501 Mercer University Drive
Macon, GA 31207
Phone: (478) 301-2748 | (800) 840-8577, Ext 2748
FAX: (478) 301-5633

For Graduate Audition Requirements, please go to Appendix P of the Graduate Student Handbook. Please make all arrangements for your audition through the Director of Graduate Studies.

Assistantships and Fellowships

Assistantships cannot be awarded until application and supporting materials are received and the student has been accepted into the graduate program.

Without an assistantship or fellowship, tuition for the Master of Music program is $685 per semester hour. Typically, graduate students take between 9 and 12 credits per semester, but are allowed to take a maximum load of 14 credits per semester. In addition to tuition, students who are not receiving an assistantship or fellowship are charged a standard applied lesson fee for private study.


The Townsend-McAfee Institute and Townsend School of Music award several assistantships per year. Assistantships require 6-10 hours of work per week in a music related job, pay half of the tuition cost, and eliminate fees related to private study. Students who receive an assistantship pay $342.50 per semester hour of credit without any other fees. Assistantships require students to enroll in at least six hours per semester.


Townsend School of Music awards one Graduate Fellowship per year. Highly competitive and based on student applications/auditions and needs of the school, Graduate Fellowships cover 100% of the cost of tuition and fees per semester. Fellowships require 6-10 hours of work per week in a music related job at Townsend School of Music. As well, recipients are required to enroll in at least nine graduate hours per semester.