Applicants are considered for admission based on audition results, overall academic history, and artistic preparation.

NEC accepts applications for fall (September) admission into all majors and degree programs. Fall applicants must submit the online application by December 1. As described in the Audition Requirements, most programs require a prescreening recording.

Applications for spring (January) admission are accepted on a space-available basis. Students interested in applying for January entry should contact us about anticipated openings before submitting an application.

Please see the detailed information for:

Undergraduate Applicants

Graduate Applicants

The New England Conservatory of Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or veteran status in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other Conservatory-sponsored activities.

Questions? Need more information?

Learn more by completing the NEC Request for Information Form.

You can also contact us at admission@necmusic.edu or 617-585-1101. For specific questions about your intended major, please contact the Admissions team member for your program, as indicated below.

Alex Powell, Assistant Dean for Admissions
Artist Diploma, String Quartet Program, Piano Trio Program
alex.powell@necmusic.edu  617-585-1103

Nick Gleason, Assistant Director of Admissions
Jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, Brass, Percussion, Composition, Theory, Musicology
nick.gleason@necmusic.edu  617-585-1105

Maya Jacobs, Admissions Counselor
Voice, Piano, Collaborative Piano, Conducting, Historical Performance
maya.jacobs@necmusic.edu  617-585-1102

Zach Schwartz, Admissions Counselor
Strings, Woodwinds
zach.schwartz@necmusic.edu  617-585-1104