Music Graduate Entrance Examinations

All incoming graduate students to the USC Thornton School of Music are required to complete the Music Graduate Entrance Exams (MGEE) to determine appropriate placement in courses.


Click on the image of the chart (PDF) below to see the exams required for your degree program.

Please review the MGEE web page for the MGEE exam policy, how/when exams will be administered, which exams are required (or not required) for certain programs. Be sure to regularly check this MGEE web page for updates regarding this year’s exams.


The MGEEs utilize USC’s learning platform, Blackboard. You should be able to see this as the “Music Graduate Entrance Examination” course in Blackboard (listed under ‘My Organizations’) by July 24.

Within the Blackboard course for the MGEEs, you will be able to review information regarding each exam such as when the exam is administered, how and when to complete/submit an exam, how to sign up any in-person exams, as well as reviewing your exam results.

In addition to the MGEE website, the Blackboard course will have the most up-to-date information regarding exam details and their administration. Be sure to review Blackboard on a regular basis to be sure to complete the exams required for your degree program.

Once you have reviewed this content in this module, please return to the USC Thornton Graduate Orientation home page and review the next module.