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Certificate in Music Performance

About the Program

NOTE: We are not taking applications for this certificate at this time.

Georgia Southern University’s Certificate in Music Performance program may serve as a self-standing advanced capstone experience that builds on an undergraduate degree or it can be used to begin filling the requirements of the Master of Music degree with a concentration in Music Performance. The program consists of 14 hours of study devoted to acquiring advanced performance skills through intensive work in applied lessons and solo/ensemble performances.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Gregory Harwood
Graduate Program Director and Coordinator

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must be admitted by the College of Graduate Studies as a Non-Degree Certificate student, satisfying the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in music or its equivalent with a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA or its equivalent.
  2. A satisfactory audition. Please see the audition process and requirements for specific performance areas.
  3. Submission of official copies of all undergraduate and, if appropriate, graduate transcripts.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from professionals acquainted with the student’s performance abilities and experience.
  5. A personal statement that includes a description of career goals and reasons for applying to the graduate Music Performance Certificate program. Prospective students should indicate in this statement whether they intend to proceed to the M.M. degree following the certificate or whether they intend to complete it as a self-standing program. Students who intend to proceed are required to formally apply for acceptance to the M.M. while completing the certificate, and they must meet the normal M.M. admission requirements in order to be considered for acceptance.

International students whose first language is not English and whose undergraduate degree was not completed at an institution where the primary language of instruction was English must have official TOEFL or IELTS scores submitted directly from the Testing Service to Georgia Southern University. For consideration to be admitted to the certificate program, a minimum TOEFL score of 70 or a minimum IELTS score of 6 is required. In order to continue to the M.M. degree at the completion of the certificate, a minimum TOEFL score of 75 with sub-scores of at least 20 in both speaking and writing is required, or an IELTS score of at least 6.5, with no single sub-score below 6.0. International students who meet all other admission requirements for the certificate but are deficient in English will normally be conditionally admitted. Conditionally admitted students must successfully complete the highest level in the university’s English Language Program (ELP) and achieve a minimum score of 70 on the ELP’s standardized English proficiency exam prior to matriculating into the certificate program and taking any music classes and a minimum score of 80 prior to matriculating into the M.M. program.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (

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Certificate Title: Music Performance
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Hours: 14

Title IV Eligibility: Yes
Loan Debt: *NA

Median Graduation Rate: *NA

Placement Rate: *NA
On-time Program Costs: Tuition and Fees
*In accordance with FERPA policy, information for academic programs with 10 or fewer students who complete is not disclosed.



International: June 1*

Domestic: July 1*


International: October 1*

Domestic: November 15*


Does Not Admit

*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Last updated: 3/2/2022