The application for Fall 2021 will open on September 2, 2020.

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 (below) 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 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.

Please review the information below carefully before applying!

  • Deadline: Tuesday, December 1

    You have until 11:59 PM CST on December 1, 2020, to submit your application.
    This includes (1) completion of the Graduate School application, (2) completion of the School of Music application, and (3) emailing of supplementary documents.

  • Audition Dates

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, auditions may need to be held remotely or with social distancing modifications. Decisions will be made as soon as possible before winter break.

    If you are a Keyboard, Percussion, Strings, Voice, or Woodwinds candidate, you may choose one of the following audition dates:

    • Saturday, November 21, 2020
      Early audition, application must be received by November 1
    • Saturday, January 16, 2021
    • Saturday, February 6, 2021

    If you are a Conducting candidate, your audition will be held on one of the following dates:

    • Choral: TBD
    • Orchestral: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
    • Wind: Wednesday, February 3, 2021, or Friday, February 5, 2021

    If you are a Brass candidate, your audition will be scheduled independently by the area faculty.

    No audition is required for candidates in Composition, Historical Musicology, Music Education, and Music Theory.

  • 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, 2020, 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is my application due?

Short answer: Tuesday, 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 Tuesday, December 15. 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 (U.S. Citizen)/$81 (international), 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

Currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.