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Academic Requirements

Freshman Applicants

In order to be considered for admission, you must complete an audition and submit all required application materials. For admission to a bachelor’s degree program, a grade point average of 2.7 is expected. Applicants must have followed a college preparatory track at an accredited high school. Applicants who have completed a GED in conjunction with high school level coursework should send all relevant information.

Home Schooled Applicants

The Boston Conservatory recognizes home schooling as a viable educational alternative. However, there are important and explicit regulations governing acceptable documentation. The Boston Conservatory requires:

  • A full outline of the curriculum by subject, including textbooks for each course.
  • Assessment procedures and grades.
  • Evidence of official recognition by the school district and/or state department of education OR the GED.

The Boston Conservatory reserves the right to rescind admission to any applicant whose application documentation we deem incomplete or insufficient.

General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

High school equivalency diplomas are issued by states to eligible applicants who pass the qualifying examinations. Specific age eligibility and required proof thereof are an essential part of the testing process. The Boston Conservatory adheres to the regulations governing eligibility established by the State Education Department and will accept GEDs from qualified applicants. While there are valid reasons for certain applicants to obtain the GED, The Boston Conservatory does not recommend it as a substitute or shortcut for a traditional secondary education. In addition, The Boston Conservatory reserves the right to rescind admission to any applicant who does not meet the appropriate state education department regulations as written.

Transfer Applicants

In order to be considered for admission, you must complete an audition and submit all required application materials. Applicants who have completed at least one full semester of college level credits are considered transfer students and are required to submit the following:

  • Evidence of one semester of college credit demonstrating an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Official high school transcripts.
  • Course selection and length of study to earn the bachelor’s degree will be determined following the audition, transcript evaluation, proficiency examination results, and first semester jury results.
  • Completed NASM transfer release form for music students.

As programs of study, course selections and financial aid are often affected by transfer of credit, it is in the best interest of the applicant to be sure that this documentation is received by the general application deadline (December 1).

Transfer admissions to the Theater Division is not allowed. All students enter as freshmen regardless of past college attendance.

Graduate Applicants

In order to be considered for admission, you must complete an audition and submit all required application materials.

  • Applicants applying to the graduate degree programs are required to have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. It is recommended that the program of study represent at least four years of focused, intensive training similar to that at The Boston Conservatory.
  • It is expected that applicants will have earned a minimum of a 3.0 or “B” average in their undergraduate coursework.

Professional Studies Certificate

In order to be considered for admission, you must submit an application and materials and complete a live audition. Recorded auditions may only be accepted in special cases. Please inquire within the Admissions Office.

  • Applicants applying to the Professional Studies Certificate program are required to have earned a graduate degree from an accredited college or university. It is recommended that the program of study represent at least two years of focused, intensive training similar to that at the Boston Conservatory.
  • It is expected that applicants will have earned a minimum of a 3.0 or “B” average in their graduate coursework.

Artist Diploma

Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree to be considered for the Artist Diploma. Qualified applicants are expected to be actively pursuing a professional career and have demonstrated success through concert programs, reviews, orchestral employment, etc. This program requires a pre-screen portfolio/press kit by the December 1 deadline. More details about Artist Diploma pre-screen requirements can be found here

International Applicants 

Visit the International Students section of the web site for more information related to International student requirements for admission. 

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