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Admissions

The ideal student will have a passion for audio with a background, skills and experience in live and/or studio music and music production or performance, computing, engineering, electronics, music and audio recording technology, acoustics, or a similarly related discipline.

Admission requires completion of a bachelor’s degree (B.S., B.A., B.M., etc.) from an institution accredited under one of the seven active regional U.S. accrediting agencies.

Undergraduate students interested in admission to the program may apply after successful completion of ninety-six (96) undergraduate credit hours (or 75% or their respective program).

Current Belmont University undergraduate AET, AV, and MBU Production majors may apply after completion of sixty-four (64) credit hours (during their Junior year) and may be admitted to take MSAE classes during their senior year in their undergraduate program of study.

To apply for admission to the MSAE program:

  • Complete the online application including an essay describing your background, related interests, and desired outcomes for participation in the program.
  • Submit your application and pay the non-refundable graduate application fee.
  • Schedule an interview with the program director/admission committee.
In order to be evaluated and considered for admission, you must:
  • Have official transcripts submitted for all prior college-level coursework and degrees earned.
  • Secure two recommendations from individuals who are qualified to evaluate your potential for successful masters-level graduate work. These should be requested and submitted electronically from within the online application portal. This option will appear after you have submitted your application.
  • Submit a complete curriculum vitae and/or professional resume. This option will appear after you have submitted your application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must have either TOEFL (www.ets.org/toefl) or IELTS (www.ielts.org/en-us) scores submitted directly from the testing agency.
  • International applicants must have all transcripts from all foreign institutions evaluated by World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Joseph Silny & Associates (www.jsilny.com) before admission will be granted.

Transcripts

All official transcripts must arrive securely from the issuing institution in a sealed and stamped envelope or via secure online submission from www.parchment.com or www.studentclearinghouse.org.

Current and former Belmont students, please go to www.belmont.edu/registrar/transcript/index.html for information on ordering transcripts online. When requesting an electronic transcript, email to belmontadmissions@belmont.edu.

Application materials not submitted electronically should be mailed directly to:

Office of Admissions, Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212.

Admissions Timeline

Admission advances on a rolling basis. We review applications as soon as all materials are received and the application is complete.

  • The fall term starts in late August of each year.
  • The spring term starts in early January of each year.
  • The summer term starts in early June of each year.

If your application is complete by February 15 and you are accepted into the program, you will be able to register for the fall term classes during the spring priority registration period in late March.

If your application is completed after March 31, we will review your application as soon as it is ready and if you are accepted into the program, you will be able to register for the fall term classes during the either the regular registration period (June/July) or the late registration period prior to the start of classes (August).

For a spring (January) or summer (June) term admission, please contact the MSAE program director, Dr. Wesley Bulla (wesley.bulla@belmont.edu).

For more specific date information, our academic calendar is located at http://www.belmont.edu/acalendar

Suggested Application Planning Schedules

To meet the Priority Admission/Registration Deadline, set a target of January 31 to have all of your application materials submitted.

August - September: Complete and submit your application. Request official transcripts from all prior colleges attended. Request two recommendations from individuals who are qualified to evaluate your potential for successful masters-level graduate work.

October - November: Schedule an interview with the program director/admission committee via phone, Skype, or in person.

December - January: Come visit and get a feel for our beautiful campus, highly-qualified faculty, and state-of-art facilities; and meet some of our amazing, innovative and creative students.

February - March: Confirm your admission and register for your classes.

To meet the Regular Admission/Registration Deadline: set a target of May 31 to have all of your application materials submitted.

January - February: Complete and submit your application. Request official transcripts from all prior colleges attended. Request two recommendations from individuals who are qualified to evaluate your potential for successful masters-level graduate work.

March - April: Schedule an interview with the program director/admission committee via phone, Skype, or in person.

June - July: Come visit and get a feel for our beautiful campus, highly-qualified faculty, and state-of-art facilities; and meet some of our amazing, innovative and creative students. Confirm your admission. Register for classes.