Application to the Multimedia Arts Technology-Music program includes separate procedures for Western Michigan University and the major itself.  Read all the steps below.

Please review deadlines for each 2017-18 New Student Admissions Day.  Note that very few MAT interview slots remain for the January 20, 2018 New Student Admission Day.


Admission procedures

Submit an application to the University during the initial filing period (if already a student at Western Michigan University, you may skip this step and proceed to the following).  

Submit an application to attend a School of Music New Student Admissions Day at least one week prior to the New Student Admissions Day that you wish to attend.  In addition to contact information and your educational history, be prepared to address the following questions:

    • What drew your interest to the MAT degree program?
    • What audio and/or video software and hardware do you have experience with?
    • Do you have any other applicable experience related to music and/or technology?
    • What are your goals during and after the MAT program?

    Submit a portfolio highlighting your existing work with technology.  This portfolio must be submitted at least one week prior to your New Students Admission Day.  Go to the WMU Music Submissions website for specific instructions on uploading portfolio materials. Your portfolio may contain:

      • Audio files on which you were involved in the production, including but not limited to recording, mixing, etc.
      • Video files on which you were involved in the production, including but not limited to video editing, videography, animation, audio editing, etc.
      • Documentation listing live sound experience.
      • Any other materials related to your experience using technology to create audio or visual art.

      When attending the New Student Admissions Day, you will do the following:

        • Complete an interview with Multimedia Arts Technology faculty so we can get to know you in person.
        • Give a brief performance*  (no more than 1-2 minutes in duration) for multimedia arts technology faculty on either:
          • Any traditional or non-traditional acoustic instrument (including any vocal style or guitar): You are responsible for providing your own instrument
          • Any traditional or non-traditional electronic instrument (including electric guitar, keyboard, or DJ-style performance): If you have questions about what technology we have available, please email
        • Complete the written theory test only for the purpose of theory placement.  No aural skills testing required.
        • Attend informational sessions about the School of Music.


        *If the applicant wishes to take applied lessons for credit, they must arrange for an additional Studio Audition time on New Student Admissions Day.

        Please consult with music’s undergraduate advisor for additional application details. 

        Prospective or current WMU students may apply to the B.S. in multimedia arts technology major a maximum of two times. Qualified students will initially be admitted to the program with the designation pre-program based on the following criteria:

        1. The extent to which their goals are in line with what the program provides
        2. The extent to which their knowledge and background supports achieving these goals
        3. Available space in the program


        Application Deadlines - 2017-18 Academic Year

        The following dates pertain to your application and interview for the Multimedia Arts Technology-Music program.  For information regarding your application to Western Michigan University, visit the University's application page.

        New Student Admissions Day MAT Application/Portfolio Deadline First semester if accepted
        Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 Spring 2018
        Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018* Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
        Register ASAP as slots are limited*
        Fall 2018
        Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 Fall 2018
        Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 Fall 2018

         * Regarding the Saturday, Jan. 20 NSAD:  A large number of applicants have registered for this date, and few audition slots remain.  As is, interviews will be scheduled late into the evening.  We will close this day to registration once all interview slots are full.  Current Western students may not register for this day.


        Matriculation from Pre-MAT to MAT-major

        Starting in fall 2016, to matriculate from pre-MAT to the MAT-major, students must:

        1. Earn a grade of “C” or better for all courses taken to fulfill major course requirements.
        2. Complete MUS 1590 or MUS 1600, MUS 1940, MUS 1945, MUS 1950, MUS 2220, and MUS 2240 with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher for those courses. These courses must be completed during a student’s first two semesters as a pre-MAT student.

        At the end of student’s 2nd semester as pre-MAT, each pre-MAT student will be evaluated based on the above criteria. The outcome of these evaluations will be:

        1. MAT major: The student successfully met the criteria and is now a MAT-major.
        2. Probation: For students who are close to meeting the above criteria, they can retake certain classes the following two semesters in order to meet the criteria. If they are they successful in meeting the above criteria when they retake classes, then the student is a MAT-major. If they are not successful, the student is in category 3 below.
        3. Rejection: For students who clearly do not meet the above criteria or who fail to improve within one year of being placed on probation, the student is no longer pre-MAT and can not take additional courses towards the MAT-major. Students in this category can re-apply to the School of Music to be reconsidered for admission.