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Application Process for Domestic Students


There are 2 steps to the application process:

1. Complete the 3-page application to the UMBC Graduate School

Visit the Graduate School website for instructions on submitting either an online application or a paper application.

As part of this application you will;

  • Submit payment of either $50 for online application or $70 for paper application.
  • Send sealed official transcript certifying completion of bachelor’s degree and minimum 3.00 GPA to UMBC

2. Send supporting materials listed below to:

Dr. Lisa Cella
Certificate Program Director
Dept. of Music PAHB 238
UMBC
1000 Hilltop Circle,
Baltimore, MD 21250, U.S.A.

a. Resume including education, jobs, recent performances/projects, awards and honors. Kindly include your permanent family address, your current address, email and cell phone.

b. Two reference letters: One from your instrumental, composition or technology instructor and a second one from an instructor at your most recently attended college/university. Letters must be in a sealed envelope with the instructor’s signature on the seal.

c. 250-word essay stating your goals and reasons for participation in this program. Include the university or college graduate programs you desire to apply to.

d. Performance/Composition/Technology Portfolios (see below for your particular area of concentration). Enclose a 1-2 page description of the recorded material with your name and email, titles of pieces recorded. Label CDs or DVDs with your name and email, titles of pieces recorded, composers and/or other performers.

Performance Portfolio – VHS or DVD video of 3 pieces from 3 contrasting eras. If a video camera is not available, then an audio performance may be sent on CD.

Composition Portfolio – Scores and CD or DVD of 3 works

Music Technology Emphasis – CD or DVD of at least 6 tracks demonstrating your proficiency with various musical styles. If available, you may also submit other examples of your work produced with software such as Max/MSP, Live or Final Cut Pro. Any other pertinent music technology experiences (DVD authoring, sound for video, programming etc.) should be clearly described and included with the portfolio.

Application Process for International Students currently enrolled in a degree seeking program.


International students with TOEFL scores under 500 may study at the UMBC English Language Center (ELC). They offer a variety of courses in English language skills and the TOEFL test.

In order to apply to the Certificate Program and study at the ELC, students must:

1. Apply to the Certificate Program in Contemporary American Music

Visit the Graduate School website for instructions on submitting either an online application or a paper application.

As part of this application you will:

a. Submit payment of either $50 for online application or $70 for paper application.

b. Send sealed official transcript certifying completion of bachelor’s degree and minimum 3.00 GPA to UMBC

Note: The requirement for a  TOEFL score of 550 is waived for Certificate Program applicants if you apply to the English Language Center.

2. Apply to the English Language Center if needed

Download the paper application form. Deadline listed is July 15. However, we encourage students to apply by May 16 in order to successfully receive the I-20 visa.

3. Send supporting materials listed below to:

Dr. Lisa Cella
Certificate Program Director
Dept. of Music PAHB 238
UMBC
1000 Hilltop Circle,
Baltimore, MD 21250, U.S.A.

a. Resume including education, jobs, recent performances/projects, awards and honors. Kindly include your permanent family address, your current address, email and cell phone.

b. Two reference letters: One from your instrumental, composition or technology instructor and a second one from an instructor at your most recently attended college/university. Letters must be in a sealed envelope with the instructor’s signature on the seal.

c. 250-word essay stating your goals and reasons for participation in this program. Include the university or college graduate programs you desire to apply to.

d. Performance/Composition/Technology Portfolios (see below for your particular area of concentration). Enclose a 1-2 page description of the recorded material with your name and email, titles of pieces recorded. Label CDs or DVDs with your name and email, titles of pieces recorded, composers and/or other performers.

Performance Portfolio – VHS or DVD video of 3 pieces from 3 contrasting eras. If a video camera is not available, then an audio performance may be sent on CD.

Composition Portfolio – Scores and CD or DVD of 3 works

Music Technology Emphasis – CD or DVD of at least 6 tracks demonstrating your proficiency with various musical styles. If available, you may also submit other examples of your work produced with software such as Max/MSP, Live or Final Cut Pro. Any other pertinent music technology experiences (DVD authoring, sound for video, programming etc.) should be clearly described and included with the portfolio.

Tuition and Fees


Maryland Resident Tuition fees total (12 credits)
Tuition and fees per credit Program Cost (12 credits)
Tuition per Credit: $621 $7452
Athletics Fee: $28 $336
University Commons fee: $28 $336
Transportation Fee: $22 $264
Auxiliary Facilities Fee: $23 $276
Graduate Program Fee: $16 $192
Technology Fee: $15 $180
Private Instrumental/Composition/Technology Lessons (fee for program, NOT per credit) $1500
Recordings of Recitals (one time fee, not per credit) $50
TOTAL $10,586

 

NON-Maryland Resident Tuition fees total (12 credits)

Please note there are additional fees for students enrolled in the English Language Center.  Please contact the program director for more detailed information.

Tuition and fees per credit Program Cost  (12 credits)
Tuition per Credit: $1,047 $12,564
Athletics Fee: $28 $336
University Commons fee: $28 $336
Transportation Fee: $22 $264
Auxiliary Facilities Fee: $23 $276
Graduate Program Fee: $16 $192
Technology Fee: $15 $180
Private Instrumental/Composition/Technology Lessons (fee for program, NOT per credit) $1500
Recordings of Recitals (one time fee, not per credit) $50
TOTAL $15,698

Room and Board


Students are welcome to find their own off campus housing that are serviced by UMBC shuttles. On campus housing in the Walker Apartments (https://walkeravenueapts.com/) range from $9,936-$11,232 per year or $8,912-$9,704 per academic year.