The application for entry in Fall 2017 is now closed.
The application for entry in Fall 2018 will open in September.

Graduate Admissons

Admission to the School of Music graduate program requires admission to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School. The Graduate School’s only requirement is a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 credit hours at a recognized institution. The School of Music requires a Bachelor’s degree in Music with a comprehensive background in Music History and Music Theory.

NOTE: The School of Music’s requirements supercede those of the Graduate School; this is especially important for International Students regarding the TOEFL score (see below).

Before you apply, please review the Graduate Application Guide thoroughly and read the information below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact James Doing, Jr., who is the Graduate Admissions & Funding Coordinator for the School of Music.

  • Application Deadline: December 1

    All application materials are due no later than Thursday, December 1, 2016. The application process requires the completion of two separate applications (one for the Graduate School, one for the School of Music). See the application guide (above) for detailed instructions.

    Note: The School of Music only accepts new students in the Fall. Please do not apply for Spring or Summer admission.

  • Audition Dates

    You have three options for scheduling your audition:

    Saturday, January 14
    Voice: Professor Mimmi Fulmer will not be available on 1/14.
    Percussion: Professor Tony DiSanza will not be available on 1/14.
    Guitar: Professor Javier Calderon will not be available on 1/14.
    Piano: Professor Christopher Taylor will not be available on 1/14.

    Saturday, February 11
    Violin: Professor David Perry will not be available on 2/11.

    Note: International students will not be offered an audition until they have submitted a valid TOEFL score (see below).

  • Areas of Study

    Be sure to review the specific application requirements for your desired area of study and degree level. Area pages include detailed repertoire guidelines for preliminary recordings and audition recitals as well as faculty contact information.

    NOTE: Transferring credits from a former institution can be discussed after enrollment. For more information, review the enrollment guidelines Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

  • International Students

    1. Must submit a TOEFL score. Graduate degrees in the School of Music require a high level of reading, writing, and speaking ability. Therefore, the School of Music requires that all international students submit a minimum TOEFL score of 85.* Although the Graduate School offers to waive this requirement, THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC DOES NOT GRANT U.S. DEGREE WAIVERS. If you cannot achieve a score of 85+ by December 1, 2016, please do not apply. Citizens of Australia, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines are exempt from this requirement.
    *The minimum TOEFL score has been raised to 85 effective May 5, 2016.

    2. Must complete the Financial Statement. If you are admitted to the Graduate School, you will be asked to complete a Financial Statement showing possession of sufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses for one year. Click here for the current amount required. Funding stipends in the School of Music will cover most, but not all, of the living expenses.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is my application due?

Short answer: Both applications and all materials, including TOEFL scores, are due on December 1.

Long answer: PLAN AHEAD! There is a 2-3 day waiting period between submission of the Graduate School application and completion of the School of Music application, due to technical processing that needs to happen at the Graduate School. If you wait until November 30 to submit your Graduate School application, you will most likely not receive your School of Music application link until December 2, which means all of your materials will technically be late. You will not be penalized for this delay, but faculty WILL begin reviewing applications on December 1, and an incomplete file will not make a good impression. You will not be allowed to submit your Graduate School application after 11:59 PM on December 1.

2. Do I need to wait until all of my materials are received before submitting the Graduate School application?

Short answer: No. Please submit your Graduate School application as soon as you have filled in all the required information.

Long answer: You will enter your educational history and the contact information for your recommenders as part of the Graduate School application, but you do NOT need to wait until these items have been received before submitting the application. Please submit the Graduate School application as soon as you can so that you can gain access to the School of Music application in a timely fashion.

3. Can I send electronic transcripts instead of paper transcripts?

Short answer: No. Please send official paper transcripts for all universities you’ve attended.

Long answer: The Graduate School will require you to upload an unofficial PDF scan of your transcript to the initial application (see the Step-by-Step application process above for how to get around this requirement). However, we (the staff and faculty of the School of Music) need official paper transcripts to pass around, review, mark up, and submit to the Graduate School upon your admission. Electronic transcripts are harder to access, harder to interact with, and overall just make the process more complicated. Please be sure to send TWO official paper transcripts via mail to the address below. If you have questions about this policy, please contact James (below).

4. Have you received my transcripts and letters of recommendation?

Short answer: Check your MyUW application status page:

Long answer: Shortly after submitting your Graduate School application, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing the MyUW application status page. Here, you will see a checklist of materials. When your transcripts and letters of recommendation are received, I will check them off in the application database, and you will see this reflected in the MyUW checklist within 24 hours.

5. One or more of my recommenders have not submitted their letters. What can I do?

Short answer: Log back into your Graduate School application to send them reminders.

Long answer: Shortly after submitting your Graduate School application, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing your application in the future. Inside the application, you will be able to send “second requests” to any or all of your recommenders. They will receive a reminder email within 24 hours. You may also enter additional recommenders if you wish.

6. I need to make a change to my School of Music application after submitting. What can I do?

Short answer: Please send a request to James (below).

Long answer: After submitting the School of Music application, you will no longer have access to the database. Please be sure that you have uploaded the correct recordings and statement of purpose before submitting the application. If you notice that anything is missing or needs to be changed, please send a request to James (below), who will need to make the change for you.


Graduate Admissions & Funding Coordinator  

James Doing, Jr.

(608) 263-3220

5553 Humanities Building
455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706