Study with international artists in a thriving graduate community.
The mission of the Graduate Program is to provide qualified students with additional training and experience in research and performance as well as professional development opportunities.
Graduate degrees prepare students for professional work in performing, conducting, composing and arranging, teaching, administration and research.
Graduates of our program hold positions in professional ensembles across the country and around the world, perform as soloists worldwide, and hold teaching, administrative and arts positions in public and private institutions of all kinds.
We take pride in our dedicated and accomplished graduate faculty, the flexibility of our courses of graduate study, and the environment that encourages collaboration and fosters a vibrant intellectual community.
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APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2013-14 ACADEMIC YEAR ARE NOW CLOSED.
We do not admit applicants in the Spring.
You may apply for 2014-15 starting in September 2013
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- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 as computed on the last 60 credits of your degree.
- Bachelor of Music degree completed before matriculation. (Applicants with undergraduate majors other than music may be considered under special circumstances). DMA and PhD applicants should expect to complete or have a completed Master's degree before applying for a doctorate.
- Completion of sufficient Music Theory and Music History coursework, generally 4 semesters of each with a grade of B or better.
- Performing, composing, and academic skills sufficient to pass an audition/scholarly review and ensure success in graduate study. Upon completion of this review, additional coursework may be required prior to completion of degree.
- Three letters of recommendation which will be submitted electronically.
- GRE scores are needed ONLY for Music Theory, Music History, Ethnomusicology and a PhD in Music Education (a Curriculum and Instruction degree program). Only the general exam scores are required. The GRE in Music is not required. GRE scores must be no more than 5 years old as of the semester in which you are applying. Code for ETS is 1846.
- TWO COPIES of each transcript from any institution of higher education attended. Do NOT send electronic transcripts (see full Application and Audition information above).
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please read the following carefully!
- The UW-Madison Graduate School website states that international applicants who have received U.S. degrees are EXEMPT from submitting a TOEFL score. However, the School of Music DOES REQUIRE International applicants to submit a TOEFL score no more than 2 years old as of the semester for which you are applying. For FULL admission, the minimum TOEFL score required is:
* 580 on a paper based exam (PBT)
* 237 on a computer based exam (CBT)
* 92 on the internet based exam (iBT)
* 7 on the IELTS exam
* or 82 on the MELAB exam.
TOEFL scores of 80-91 (iBT) or 550-579 (PBT) would require taking a placement test, if admitted, and at least one semester of English as a Second Language.
An applicant's TOEFL score must be an ABSOLUTE MINIMUM of 80 (iBT) or 550 (pBT) to be considered for admission. The TOEFL score must be received by December 1, 2012.
***YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED WITHOUT TOEFL SCORES, REGARDLESS OF PREVIOUS ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE MUST HAVE YOUR TOEFL SCORES BY DECEMBER 1 ALONG WITH THE OTHER APPLICATION MATERIALS.
If you have questions, the easiest and quickest way to contact the Graduate Office is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.