Graduate Performance Diploma in Music

Graduate Performance Diploma in Music

Graduate Performance Diploma in Music

The Graduate Performance Diploma offers training at the highest possible level to students who wish to specialize only in performing. It is offered by the Petrie School of Music (Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music) at Converse College.

The typical time in residence for completion of the Diploma is 18 months. Students will earn 20 credit hours and graduate with a Diploma.

Qualified students may have the opportunity to intern with a professional American orchestra during their time at Converse.

Blackman Music Hall
Blackman Music Building
Blackman Music Hall

The Graduate Performance Diploma typically takes three long semesters and one January semester (4 semesters) to complete. Payment for the appropriate portion of the total is due prior to the start of each semester.

Total Estimated Tuition and Fees (4 semesters): $10,215*

Total Estimated Housing (4 semesters): $10,975*

Total for Tuition + Housing (4 semesters, meal plan not included): $21,190*

Graduate Performance Diploma students have the option to buy a Converse meal plan.

*Tuition and Fees subject to change

The Petrie School of Music offers co-educational graduate programs that provide men and women with the advanced training necessary for successful musical careers or doctoral study. Our faculty are professional artists who have collectively performed in 48 states and in 47 countries, are leaders in their fields and hold degrees from the country’s most prestigious conservatories and universities. In addition to holding the prestigious status as an All Steinway School, the Petrie School of Music boasts two nationally recognized performance halls and one of the largest music research libraries in the Southeast.

If during their time in the Graduate Performance Diploma program students meet all admission requirements to the MM program (in many cases by raising their TOEFL score to the required level), they may apply earned credits to that program with the approval of the appropriate faculty and the Music Graduate Committee.

Zimmerli Common

The housing fee covers students’ stay in the residence halls for the duration of the program. Students may also opt to make their own housing arrangements off-campus. Graduate students may also purchase meal plans directly from Dining Services.

Residence Halls

Graduate Performance Diploma students who choose on-campus housing will live in The Heath Apartments together with other graduate students as roommates. Each apartment contains a kitchen.


  • Kitchen
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Utilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • On-campus workout facilities
Heath Living and Dining Area
Heath Bedroom
The Heath - Converse College

Step 1 – Application

Complete your online application.

Step 2 – Auditions

You’ll need to complete an audition to be admitted to the Petrie School of Music.

First, complete the Petrie School of Music Graduate Audition Application at least two weeks prior to your proposed audition date.

Audition Requirements: The audition should be a minimum of twenty minutes in length and demonstrate at least two style periods. Memory is required in piano, strings, and voice (except oratorio).

Students unable to audition in person may submit a video audition via Acceptd.

Step 3 – Transcripts

Send your transcripts using one of the credit evaluation agencies below. If you have started or completed a bachelor’s degree, you’ll need to send transcripts from each college you have attended.

World Education Services (WES)

Submit a Course-by-Course report.

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)

Submit a Course-by-Course evaluation.

Step 4 – Language Test Scores

Please submit your TOEFL or IELTS scores.

TOEFL Requirement: 68

IELTS: 5.5-6

Step 5 – Declaration of Finances

You’ll need to submit proof of financial means to study in the United States by completing the Declaration of Certification of Finances Form. Financial verification for international students is required to issue the immigration document (I-20).

Declaration of Certification of Finances Form

Step 6 – Health Insurance

Health and accident insurance are a requirement for international students. You’ll need to show proof of insurance prior to enrolling.

Step 7 – Housing Application

If you would like to stay on campus, please complete the Graduate Housing Application.

Step 8 – Pay Tuition and Fees

All international students are required to pay the appropriate portion of the total prior to the start of each semester. After you are admitted, the Office of Admission will go over your next steps for payment. A $100 deposit will be required.


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