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Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate, Professional Studies in Music

Pursue a career as an innovative music educator, teaching in higher education programs, or prepare for doctoral study. This post-master’s advanced certificate represents a pedagogical study in a specialized area such as music performance, composition, or education.  You’ll take advanced classes in music pedagogy and your area of specialization (brasscompositioneducationjazzpercussionpianostrings, or woodwinds).

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Academic Plan Code: MUSE

Degree: ADCRT

Credits: 18–24

Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.

Application Deadlines
Spring: October 1
Summer: January 6
Fall: January 6 (Extended to June 1 for international applicants and August 1 for domestic applicants.)

Program Information
Program Website | 212-998-5424

Admissions Requirements

You must have completed a master's degree to be admitted to this program. 

Basic competence in music history and theory is a prerequisite for all graduate degree programs in music. Entering graduate students are required to take advisory exams in both areas prior to arrival; placements will be determined by interpreting the exam results in light of your educational background and the degree program for which you are enrolled. Remedial courses cannot be used to meet degree requirements within any of the graduate programs.


How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for domestic applicants only. If you are an international student, please see special instructions for international applicants.

1. Prepare Your Application

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline. See detailed instructions.


Not required.

Proficiency in English
Audition and Writing Sample

You will schedule your required audition after submitting your application. 

How to prepare for your audition

  • Please prepare two pieces in contrasting styles.
  • If you are a composer, provide recorded examples of your compositions and/or scores.
  • For in person auditions, if you need an accompanist, please indicate this when you sign up for your audition. Note- accompanists are available in a limited capacity.
  • Bring the following to your audition:
    • A list of your repertoire
    • The names of teachers with whom you have studied
    • The repertoire (with composers) that you will be performing for the audition
    • An example of your writing (e.g., an essay you have written for an undergraduate course)

If you cannot audition in person, a remote live audition will take place. 

Please reach out to Elise Sobol at 212-998-5778 or with any questions and to schedule your audition.

Audition Dates

Spring 2021 Applicants: Friday, November 13, 2020
Fall/Summer 2021 Applicants: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Fall/Summer 2021 Applicants: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Fall/Summer 2021 Applicants: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Fall/Summer 2021 Applicants: Saturday, February 6, 2021

2. Apply


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After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items

If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, by the application deadline.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision


You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.