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.

The application for Fall 2017 is now open.
All application materials must be received by December 1, 2016.

  • 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, November 19 (early audition)
    File must be complete by October 15, 2016.
    Flute: Professor Stephanie Jutt will not be available on 11/19.

    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.

    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.


Graduate Admissions & Funding Coordinator  

James Doing, Jr.

(608) 263-3220

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