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About Admissions to the MSRA Program

Master of Science Degree in Recording Arts (MSRA)

***The Fall 2017 MSRA Application deadline is April 1, 2017***

Please refer to the Application Components​ page for information regarding specific application requirements.

Admission to the MSRA program will be contingent upon

  1. Formal documentation of an earned Bachelor’s degree (International students must document an equivalent), with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Successful completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Ideal candidates score above the 50th percentile on the GRE but all application materials are considered in our admission decision. 
  3. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if applicable.
  4. The MSRA entrance application.

The MSRA Entrance Application includes

  • An examination of the applicant’s knowledge of and laboratory experience with:
    • Music recording and reinforcement techniques (equivalent to three years at the undergraduate level)
    • Musical acoustics and physics (equivalent to one semester at the undergraduate level)
    • Music on the computer (equivalent to two semesters at the undergraduate level with proficiency on both PC and Mac platforms)
    • Studio calibration and maintenance (equivalent to one semester at the undergraduate level)
  • A faculty review of the applicant’s music recording portfolio/essay.
  • A review of the other application components, which, along with the portfolio and lab experience, gives the committee a complete overview of the candidate's preparation for the program.

Transfer requirements

A maximum of nine (9.0) graduate credits may be transferred into the MSRA program from another accredited graduate institution, subject to the review and approval of the MSRA faculty.

Only graduate courses with a grade of “B” or higher, and only if those courses taken within five calendar years of the applicant’s semester of admission into the MSRA program will be accepted for transfer.

Provisional Student

  • The MSRA program does not admit provisional students. Students whose who are admitted to the MSRA program must demonstrate a minimum level of mastery equivalent to a bachelor degree.
  • Candidates for admission who do not meet entrance proficiency requirements in recording arts knowledge and experience may be referred to the undergraduate program (please contact the MSRA advisor [Pete Buchwald​] for more information on the MSRA Prep Program). These students will be advised to complete a sequence of undergraduate remedial courses to meet entrance proficiency standards.  These students can re-apply to the program and submit an updated portfolio. 
  • Students whose previous bachelor degree is not in the field of recording arts, but who come in with the equivalent preparation such as work experience, are still eligible to apply to the MSRA program.  These students are expected to be able to demonstrate their mastery of the field through their portfolio submission. 
  • The MSRA program only accepts student to begin in the Fall semester.
  • To find out if you would need undergraduate prep work or whether you can apply directly to the MSRA program, contact the MEIS Program Coordinator, Christie Chambers.

Please contact Christie Chambers at​ for further information.​