Composition Requirements

All composition applicants must submit a complete composition portfolio and accompanying recordings via the online application by December 1. Applicants for DMA and Harvard/NEC will be screened for invitation to an in-person interview round here in Boston. Applicants to all other programs will be reviewed based on the portfolio only; an interview is not required. Admitted students will be invited to visit NEC in the spring to connect with faculty and current students.

Portfolio scores can be uploaded as PDF files and recordings may be uploaded in several file formats. Please refer to the recording guidelines section of our general audition requirements page for information about uploading your prescreening files to our online application.

Composition Portfolio Requirements

Submit three scores of original compositions. If available, please also include recordings (live or computer-generated) of the submitted compositions. Scores and recordings must be submitted through the online application. Applicants should also show proof of theoretical study through transcripts or other supporting documents.

DMA applicants should submit at least three scores and recordings of recent works. It is helpful if works are chosen to demonstrate a variety of ensembles and forms, including at least one larger work.


If invited, applicants for DMA and Harvard/NEC are required to interview with the composition faculty. Interviews will last 20 minutes and will give our faculty the opportunity to learn more about applicants and their work. The interview does not include a demonstration of instrumental proficiency. Applicants to the DMA are required to take DMA entrance exams while in Boston.