The Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting is offered through the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, which seeks to educate, engage, and energize its student body in a dynamic program that integrates classroom learning with real world performance, research, and teaching.


  • Observe and assist with at least one CUA opera production and at least one CUA musical theatre production
  • Two conducting recitals are required: a 40-­minute conducting recital and a 30-minute lecture­-conducting recital


  • A bachelor's degree with a major in music from an accredited institution.
  • Submission of an application, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.
  • At least a B average in all undergraduate music courses.
  • A 10-­minute demonstration of performance proficiency with classical repertoire in contrasting styles in the applicant's major medium, either by personal audition or recording.
  • Students whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL results of 80 or higher (iBT test), (for paper­based test: 550 or higher; for computer­based test: 213 or higher), to be considered for admission. For the iBT test, at least 20 out of 30 in each of the subcategories is required.
  • Music Theory Placement Examination and Music History Placement Examination
  • Demonstrated prior experience in conducting orchestral ensembles.
  • Entrance audition on campus with the CUA Symphony Orchestra
  • Examination (both written and aural)
  • Interview with faculty audition committee