Music Composition BA

Application Requirements


UCLA Admissions Requirements:
First Year Applicants
Transfer Applicants
International Applicants


Undergraduate Admissions – Music Composition
2520 Schoenberg Music Building
445 Charles E Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095


STEP 1: UC Application

Undergraduate first year and junior transfer applicants begin the admissions process by completing the UC Application, which opens on August 1 and can be submitted from November 1 to November 30.

Only applicants who have indicated Music Composition as their first choice major for UCLA on the UC Application will be considered for admission to the major. UCLA does not consider alternate majors, nor are you allowed to enter as a double major student.

In order to be eligible for admission, applicants must meet all minimum academic eligibility requirements for admission to the University of California. You can find resources on the left hand side of this page for students of first year, transfer, or international status.

STEP 2: School of Music Supplemental Application

In addition to the UC application, applicants the School of Music are also required to submit the school’s supplemental application, which is housed on the Acceptd platform. Applicants to the Music Composition major are required to submit a composition portfolio for prescreening. Portfolios must consist of 3-5 scores utilizing different instrumentations and/or media that demonstrate breadth of experience, technical mastery, and awareness of 20th/21st century styles. Recordings can be submitted in addition to composition scores, but not in lieu of them. While midi mockups are acceptable, the composition faculty encourages students to provide whenever possible live  performances of their compositions. For electronic music that does not have a notated score, applicants may upload a detailed explanation in place of the PDF score to correspond to the audio file.

The supplemental application includes the following components:

  • Personal statement responses
  • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • Reference contact information for 2 teachers (preferably from an ensemble instructor or private teacher); please note that this is not a reference letter requirement, and we are just asking for contact information in case we do need to request additional information
  • Composition portfolio
  • Performance resume (optional)

The submission deadline for the Supplemental Application is Monday, December 6, 2021 at 11:59pm PST. Detailed supplemental application information can be found on the Acceptd website.

STEP 3: Interviews

If applicants successfully pass prescreening, they are invited to interview with our faculty. You will be notified of whether or not you will proceed in our admissions process in late December. If you are not chosen to proceed in our final round audition/interview process, you will have three options: 1) request that UCLA change your first choice major; 2) withdraw your application completely; or 3) take no action and receive no offer of admission from UCLA. Auditions/interviews occur in late January and early February.

Change of Major Application for Current UCLA Students

The Department of Ethnomusicology only accepts applications from current UCLA students hoping to change into a School of Music major once per year, during Fall quarter. UCLA students cannot change majors to or add a double major in Music Composition at any other time or by any other process other than the annual admissions cycle. Admission is contingent not only on completing the same application and audition/interview process outlined for all first year or transfer applicants to the School of Music, but also by demonstrating that the degree can be completed within normative time (4 years for first year students or 2 years for Junior transfer students). Please note that Admissions will not be able to accommodate meetings with prospective change of majors after November 20, 2021 due to the high volume of admissions inquiries we receive the week before the supplemental application deadline.

All change of major students are required to submit the supplemental application via Acceptd and pay the $85.00 submission fee. As part of the application, you will be asked to upload a proposed degree plan. Current students need not reapply via the UC application, as they are already UCLA students. The deadline for the supplemental application is Monday, December 6, 2021 at 11:59pm PST. As Music Composition does prescreen, you will be notified in late December if you are chosen to move forward in the admissions process. If you do not pass prescreening, unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful and you will be unable to change majors/add Music Composition as a double major.