Audio arts

The master of arts (M.A.) degree program in audio arts is offered in conjunction with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, bringing students the opportunity to study audio arts in one of four specialized tracks: music industry studies, sound production and recording arts, radio horizons, and music video.

Application deadline is February 1 for summer admission

  • Audio arts currently does not offer fall or spring admission
  • If you are applying for a McNair Graduate Fellowship or a University African American Fellowship, you must submit your application by January 1 for fall admission. To be considered for all other merit-based awards, please submit your application by February 1.

Completed applications must include:

  • Online application
  • Three letters of recommendation
    Consult online application for details
  • Academic transcript
    Unofficial transcript uploaded to the online application. If you are admitted, an official, degree-bearing transcript must be mailed to the University. Applicants must complete a U.S. bachelor's degree (or its equivalent in another country) before starting a graduate program.
  • Personal statement/essay
    Describe in approximately 500 words your main academic interests, why you wish to study for the degree you have chosen, why you wish to study at Syracuse University, how you expect to finance your studies, and your plans for the future after you receive your degree. Upload directly to the online application.
  • Résumé
    Upload directly to the online application
  • Application fee
    A non-refundable application fee of $75. See online application for details.
  • Optional sample of work
    Applicants may submit a sample of work if desired. Sample of work can be submitted through, and can include an audition, music video, or other music-related work OR academic or professional writing sample, such as an academic paper, business idea, or business plan
  • Test scores
    The GRE is not required, but scores will be reviewed if submitted.

For international students:

  • English proficiency
    All students whose native language is not English are required to submit scores from either the TOEFL or the IELTS. The minimum score on the internet-based TOEFL is 100 for this program. The minimum score on the IELTS is 7. Scores must be sent directly to Syracuse University from the testing agency. Our institutional code for the TOEFL is 2823.

    A student may also satisfy the English language proficiency requirement by attending our English Language Institute (ELI). If a student is conditionally admitted for English proficiency, it is not mandatory for them to attend the ELI. The ELI is an alternative option for students who do not wish to retake the TOEFL or IELTS.

    If you attended a four-year program at an English-speaking undergraduate institution, we may be able to waive this requirement. Contact Joseph Morley at to request a waiver.
  • Financial documents
    International students must show proof of sufficient funding for the first year of graduate study in order to have a student visa authorized. For detailed requirements and instructions, see the instructions in our online application and the instructions on the graduate school website.

Financial awards:

The College of Visual and Performing Arts offers various forms of financial assistance for students admitted into our highly competitive programs. Merit-based financial awards are determined by the programs and include tuition scholarship, fellowships, and various forms of assistantships and employment opportunities. There are no separate applications for merit-based awards though some of the fellowships have earlier deadlines. For more information, see the audio arts financial awards page.