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Graduate Admissons

This page contains everything you need to know about admission requirements, the application process and timeline, and funding opportunities at the School of Music. Before you apply, be sure to read the Graduate Application Guide thoroughly in order to determine the unique requirements for your area of study.

There are three steps to the application process: You will submit (1) the general Graduate School application and (2) the supplementary School of Music application. You will find links to both in the application guide. Once you have submitted both applications, you will (3) send your supplementary documents via email. The entire application process is online (no paper).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact James Doing, Jr., who is the Graduate Admissions & Funding Coordinator for the School of Music (see below).

Please read all of the instructions carefully before submitting your application.

  • Deadline: Sunday, December 1

    You have until 11:59 PM CST on December 1, 2019, to submit your application.
    This includes completion of the Graduate School application as well as submission of a supplementary application to the School of Music via email.

  • Audition Dates

    If your degree program requires an audition, you have three options:

    • Saturday, November 23, 2019
      ⇒ Early audition, file must be complete by November 1
    • Saturday, January 18, 2020
    • Saturday, February 8, 2020

    Please note: Brass and Conducting auditions are scheduled independently by the area faculty.

  • International Students

    (1) Must submit a TOEFL score of 85 or higher
    Graduate degrees in the School of Music require a high level of reading, writing, and speaking ability. If you cannot submit an official score of 85+ by December 1, 2019, please do not apply. Although the Graduate School offers to waive this requirement for U.S. degree holders, the School of Music does not grant waivers. Please contact James (below) with questions.

    (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 these expenses.

  • Admission Statistics

    Application and admission statistics are available for the following years:

    2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is my application due?

Short answer: Sunday, December 1.

Long answer: Before December 1, you must (1) complete the Graduate School application, (2) complete the School of Music application, and (3) send your additional documents via email.  Please note that it can take several weeks for GRE and TOEFL scores to be sent by ETS, so you need to plan ahead in order for those to be received in a timely fashion. We will no longer accept applications after 11:59 PM CST on December 1.

2. Do I need to send official transcripts?

Short answer: No, not yet.

Long answer: You will upload an unofficial scan of your transcript or grade report to the initial application. This is all that we need for departmental purposes. Once you have been recommended for admission by the School of Music, the Graduate School will request an official transcript in order to finalize your admission. Please do not send anything to the Graduate School until you have been requested to do so!

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

Short answer: No.

Long answer: You will enter the contact information for your recommenders as part of the Graduate School application, but you do NOT need to wait until the letters have been received before submitting the application. Please submit your Graduate School application as soon as you have filled in all the required information.

4. Have you received my letters of recommendation?

Short answer: Log back into your Graduate School application to check.

Long answer: When your letters of recommendation are received, they will show as “Complete” on your status check. This is the same list we see, so please do not inquire about the status of your letters!

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: Inside the application, you will be able to send official reminders 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’ve finished my application. What do I do now?

Short answer: Sit tight!

Long answer: Your application will be reviewed by the faculty in your area of study. If you are required to complete an audition, you will receive a prescreening decision no later than Friday, December 20. If you are not required to complete an audition, your file will be reviewed over winter break. Admission/funding decisions will be made in early spring. Please note that all decisions will be issued via email.

7. Can I get a fee waiver?

Short answer: No, not from the School of Music.

Long answer: The application fee is $75, and the School of Music does not provide fee waivers. The Graduate School has a fee grant program for which you may apply, but you must meet specific criteria. The review process can take several weeks, so if you plan to apply for a fee grant, you need to do so immediately. We will NOT extend the application deadline in order to accommodate a late fee grant!

James Doing, Jr. | Graduate Admissions & Funding Coordinator

(608) 263-3220

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