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Transfer & International Students

Transfer and international students applying to the School of Music graduate program should plan ahead and follow the steps below to ensure a smooth admission process.

Transfer Students

As an acredited, institutional member school of the National Association for Schools of Music, we kindly require graduate students who are currently enrolled at a school of music and looking to transfer to the University of Minnesota School of Music to submit a transfer release form by December 1. Per the NASM Code of Ethics, no admission or award will be offered without documented formal release. Forms may be submitted electronically to, or by post to Music Admissions, 200A Ferguson Hall, 2106 4th Street South, Minneapolis MN 55455. 

Transfer credits for applied lessons will be determined through a transfer-credit evaluation jury. The jury will take place at the end of the first semester of applied study.

Most music history courses and ensemble courses will transfer directly; however, students may need to submit a syllabus or course description for review.

International Students

International Language Tests

The Graduate School requires that all international students submit an official IELTS or TOEFL score. Please send all test scores to the Graduate School. Learn more about English language proficiency test standards

Additional resources and information for international students at the University of Minnesota is available through International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

Application Questions?  Contact the Music Admissions Office | 612-624-2847