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. To review the Graduate School’s requirements for admission, click here.

NOTE: The School of Music’s requirements supercede those of the Graduate School; this is especially important for International Students.

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 2015 will open on September 2, 2014.

  • 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

    All application materials are due no later than Monday, December 1. The application process requires the timely completion of two separate applications (one for the Graduate School, one for the School of Music). Once you’ve started, it will take 3-6 days to finish both applications due to automatic processing features. In order to have all materials in by the December 1 deadline, plan to begin the Graduate School application no later than November 23, 2014. Send your transcripts with enough time to reach Madison by late November.

  • Audition Dates

    You have three options for scheduling your audition:

    Saturday, November 22 (early audition during Undergraduate day)

        • Application file must be complete by November 1.

    Saturday, January 17

    Saturday, February 14

  • 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.

  • 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.