The application for Fall 2020 will open on September 4, 2019.
To apply to the School of Music graduate program, you must first apply to the UW-Madison Graduate School (see below for link). Once you have completed your Graduate School application, you will send an email containing your supplementary questionnaire and materials to the School of Music. Everything will be done online, and nothing needs to be mailed.
Below, you will find detailed information regarding application 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 your eligibility for admission.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact James Doing, Jr., who is the Graduate Admissions & Funding Coordinator for the School of Music.
Graduate Application Guide
Review the Graduate Application Guide thoroughly before applying. The guide contains detailed instructions, information about the School of Music, and a link to begin the application.
You have until 11:59 PM CST on Sunday, December 1, 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.
If your degree program requires an audition, you have three options:
Saturday, November 23, 2019 (File must be complete by November 1)
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, 2018, 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 herefor the current amount required. Funding stipends in the School of Music will cover most, but not all, of these expenses.
You do not need to apply for funding. All candidates for the graduate program are considered for funding awards. Graduate funding comes in the form of a Teaching Assistantship, Fellowship, or partial tuition credit.
Long answer: Before December 1, you must (1) complete the Graduate School application and (2) send your supplementary application materials via email. Do not send your supplementary materials until you have completed the Graduate School application. 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?
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?
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, and admission/funding decisions will be made in January/February/March. 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!