Graduate Admissons

Admission to the School of Music graduate program requires admission to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School. When you apply, the School of Music will review your application and audition (if applicable) and will make a recommendation to the Graduate School regarding your eligibility for admission. The Graduate School’s only requirement is a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 credit hours at a recognized institution.

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.

Applications for Fall 2015 are no longer being accepted.

You may apply for entry in 2016-17 beginning on September 3, 2015.

  • Graduate Application Guide & Checklist

    Review the Graduate Application Guide & Checklist thoroughly before applying. The guide contains detailed instructions, information about the School of Music, and a link to begin the application.

  • Application Deadline: December 1

    Applications are due no later than Monday, December 1. 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.

  • Audition Dates

    You have two options for scheduling your audition:

    Saturday, January 17, 2015

        • Guitar: Professor Calderón will not be available.
        • Cello: Professor Uri Vardi will not be available.

    Saturday, February 14, 2015

        • All faculty will be available.
  • 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 80. 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 80 by December 1, 2014, please do not apply. Citizens of Canada and other English-speaking countries are exempt from this requirement. Contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator if you are in doubt.

    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.

  • Funding Awards

    All candidates for the graduate program are considered for funding awards. You do not need to apply for funding. Graduate funding comes in the form of a Teaching Assistantship, Project Assistantship, Fellowship, or partial tuition credit. The three forms of graduate funding (TA/PA/Fellow) are explained in detail in the Graduate Funding Guide. For more information on funding opportunities in the School of Music, please visit the Student Support page.

  • Admission Statistics

    Application and admission statistics for Fall 2014 are available here.