This is some general information from the UW Graduate School regarding the cost of a graduate education and
How do I know if I have been accepted into the program at UW-Madison?
DMA candidates: Typically
we are able to notify you within a few weeks about the results of your
audition, but this can vary depending on the area of study. Some areas
prefer to wait until all auditions are complete before making
MA, PhD candidates: Application files are reviewed shortly after the
application deadline has passed. Decisions are generally made in
January and February.
The School of Music will send
you a letter with the admission decision. If you are recommended for
admission, the Graduate
School will be notified. You must be accepted by the Graduate
School as well as the School of Music. In most cases, the Graduate
School will send you a letter of admission within a short time. Sometimes the Graduate School will require additional information or forms before admitting you. This information will be available for you at your online Graduate School application page. *We
advise you to check your School of Music and Graduate School online
application status frequently. It is important that you follow the
progress of your application. If you have questions, the easiest and
most efficient way to contact the Graduate Office is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.*
When are we notified about School of Music financial aid decisions?
decisions on financial aid are made by early April. The Graduate Admissions Office
will notify you as soon as possible if you will be offered a Teaching Assistantship, Project Assistantship or Fellowship. If
you have not heard from the School of Music by mid-April, a funding offer is unlikely. Feel free to
contact the professor in your area with questions. All prospective students are encouraged to apply for financial aid through the UW Financial Aid Office.
I am an international student - what are the requirements for ESL proficiency and for a financial statement?
UW-Madison Graduate School sets minimum requirements for English
Language proficiency (click here
for more info). The School of Music requires a minimum
score of 80(iBT) and may require higher
proficiency for certain types of TA or PA appointments. AFTER an
student is admitted to the School of Music, the Graduate School
a financial statement from the
applicant. An international student must demonstrate sufficient
assets to enable completion
of a degree at UW-Madison. More detailed information is available at: http://www.grad.wisc.edu/education/admissions/financialinfo.html
See the UW-Madison ISS (International Student Services) website for a variety of helpful information. http://iss.wisc.edu/
May I request an assignment to a particular teacher?
For most performance majors the Major Professor is the professor in
whose studio you study. In some areas, such as String Development or
Piano Performance and Pedagogy, this may not be the case. If you have a
preference for a certain studio teacher, you may indicate your
preference in your School of Music application, personal statement, at your audition, or in personal
communication with the professor. When space is available in a
professor's studio we do our best to honor your request.
See our Faculty Directory
for professors in your area. They welcome contact from prospective students.
Degree Program Questions:
Is it possible to transfer credit to UW-Madison for any course requirements?
The School of Music will consider waiving some course requirements on
evidence of satisfactory completion of an equivalent course as a
graduate student at another institution. Each waiver needs the approval
of the instructor in charge of the equivalent UW-Madison course and the
approval of the Director of Graduate Studies. Waivers are limited to a
maximum of six credits. Transfer credits will not be evaluated until
you have enrolled as a graduate student and may not count toward the
How long does it usually take to complete a graduate degree?
At UW-Madison School of Music, Masters degree students in performance
typically complete the degree in four semesters of full-time
enrollment. This time may be longer for students who need remedial work
or who attend part-time. A minimum of 30 graduate-level credits must be
completed at UW-Madison.
For the DMA program, students generally complete all required coursework
in six semesters, assuming full-time enrollment. This includes at
least 32 graduate credits at UW-Madison. After course requirements are
fulfilled candidates typically complete the remainder of degree
recitals and the Doctoral Research Project within two to three years.
Are there examinations at the end of graduate work?
Yes, the School of Music evaluates every student's work so that the
School may certify to the Graduate School that the Candidate has
completed all degree requirements satisfactorily. Masters degree
students take Comprehensive Examinations consisting of questions from
the Major Area
and from the Music History area. For evaluation of a candidate's
expertise in Music Theory, it is only necessary for the candidate to
fulfill the standing degree requirements of a course in Music Theory.
Music History students write a six hour exam in their third semester of
study, followed by an oral exam. Music Theory and Ethnomusicology
students do not take written exams, but instead defend their theses in
an oral exam.
Do graduate courses for performers at UW-Madison require scholarly writing?
Yes - courses in Music Theory and Music History are required of all
Master's degree students and most DMA students, and each of these
courses requires a written paper.
Will I take a placement examination when I begin study at UW-Madison?
The School of Music will administer a diagnostic examination in Music
History to all new MM students. There is no diagnostic exam in Music Theory at the present time. At your initial
advising appointment, your advisor will review your previous work and
make recommendations for particular courses. Your major professor may
also have recommendations for you.
What are the dissertation and recital requirements for DMA degrees?
In the DMA degree there is a distinct body of work called "Doctoral
Performance and Research." For each student there is a Doctoral
Performance and Research Committee that advises and evaluates this body
of work. Doctoral Performance and Research includes degree recitals,
lecture recitals and a Doctoral Research project. The number and nature
of degree recitals and lecture recitals varies with each program, but
most include four to six performances, including at least one lecture
recital. The Doctoral Research Project may take a variety of formats,
and the final product is not necessarily an extensive written document.
The Project, however, must have prior approval by the Doctoral
Performance and Research Committee.
Questions about Madison:
Where do graduate students live? What about transportation?
Graduate students do not live on the UW-Madison campus. A limited
amount of housing is available to student families and single graduate
students in University apartments. Information on this is available at http://www.housing.wisc.edu/
UW-Madison graduate students reside in a variety of locations through
the city. Apartment rental information is available through http://housing.civc.wisc.edu/
. Information on neighborhoods in Madison is available through http://www.cityofmadison.com/neighborhoods/index.htm
A very efficient bus transportation system serves the city of Madison,
and is free to students. Routes and schedules are available at http://www.ci.madison.wi.us/metro/
What are the activities for kids in Madison?
There are excellent activities and kid friendly events all year long in
Madison. Dane County keeps up a calendar of kid events and has a helpful website at: http://www.danecountykids.com
There is also support for parents on campus at the Office of Child Care and Family Resources: http://www.housing.wisc.edu/OCCFR/
There is even Child Care Tuition Assistance available to students and staff on the UW-Madison campus.
For performing kids (and parents) there are many programs in Madison: http://www.madstage.com/.