Graduate Music Theory and History Entrance Exams

All music graduate degree program applicants are required to pass graduate entrance examinations in music theory and history before they are admitted to any graduate program in music.  Applicants who earned an average GPA of 3.0 or higher in the undergraduate musicianship core (music theory, aural skills and music history) are exempt from the exams.  Applicants who earned an average GPA below 3.0 in the undergraduate musicianship core must take and pass the graduate theory and history exams before admission to any graduate program will be considered. 

The Undergraduate Musicianship Core GPA is calculated by the Crane Office of Graduate Studies upon receipt of a graduate application and official undergraduate transcript.  Applicants will be notified by mail, phone and/or e-mail of their exam status as soon as the


The graduate admissions examinations may be taken only once. 

For questions about the exam, or to schedule an exam, please contact:

Crane Graduate Office
The Crane School of Music
SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY 13676
(315) 267-2417

email: Melody Tupper