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To apply to a School of Music graduate program, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent with a major emphasis in musicology/ethnomusicology, composition or theory, music performance, music education, or music therapy.

Music Admissions Office

Applying to the U of M Graduate School

The deadline to apply for fall 2017 entrance is December 1st, 2016. Some programs and studios will continue to consider late applications on a case-by-case basis. Please contact to inquire if you are eligible to submit a late application. Applications submitted prior to gaining department approval will not be refunded the application fee. Please ensure you gain department approval to submit a late application.

The following materials are required of all graduate applicants, and must be submitted via ApplyYourself to the Graduate School:

  • Resume uploaded directly to ApplyYourself
  • Unofficial transcripts uploaded directly to ApplyYourself
  • Personal statement ("Applicant Statement I")
  • Three current letters of recommendation from relevant references uploaded to ApplyYourself or mailed to the Graduate School
  • Program-specific materials, to be uploaded to  ApplyYourself under "Program Supplemental Information"
  • All applicants whose native language is not English* must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Read more about this requirement.

Follow our tips for graduate music applicants on completing the application for admission.

Screening Video (Strings, Piano, Collaborative Piano, Voice and Conducting)

Students applying to a strings, piano, collaborative piano, voice or conducting program must pass the screening round prior to being scheduled for an audition. Screening videos are due December 1st.  Review the screening requirements and submission guidelines.


Students applying to a performance, conducting, or collaborative piano program must complete an audition as part of the application process. Finalists for the conducting programs are contacted directly by the faculty to arrange their audition times and dates.  Auditions for the voice performance, instrumental performance and collaborative piano programs will be held on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, January 28, 2017  instrumental performance and collaborative piano auditions
  • Friday, February 3, 2017  graduate voice auditions
  • Saturday, February 4, 2017  instrumental performance and collaborative piano auditions

Review the audition requirements to ensure you are working on the required repertoire and adhering to the audition guidelines. 

The audition date performance and collaborative piano applicants select on the graduate school application is considered confirmed, provided the student maintains an active application with the University of Minnesota School of Music. Auditions for performance and collaborative programs will take place between 8:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m. on the audition date selected on the graduate application, provided the applicant passes any screening audition required of the instrument, with a formal time sent two weeks prior to the audition date.

Finalists for the conducting programs will be contacted directly by faculty to arrange an audition time and date. Please direct audition questions to the conducting faculty.


MA music therapy and MM music education applicants must complete an interview with the faculty on one of the following dates:

  • Saturday, January 28, 2017
  • Saturday, February 4, 2017 

Music education and music therapy applicants select their interview date on the graduate school application, which is considered confirmed, provided the applicant maintains an active application with the University of Minnesota School of Music. The interview will take place between 8:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m. on the date selected. Applicants are asked to bring a completed music education/music therapy interview profile to their interview.

Finalists for the conducting, music education (PhD), music theory, composition, and musicology (ethnomusicology) programs will be contacted directly by faculty to arrange a separate interview time if required. For these programs, please direct interview questions to the faculty.

Due to the high volume of applications,
the School of Music cannot consider
requests for specific audition dates, times
of day, or requests to reschedule. Please
plan accordingly.

Instructor Preference

The School of Music application gives applicants the opportunity to express their instructor/advisor preference for individual faculty members. Every effort will be made to honor this request based on studio availability, faculty loads, and general balance in individual studios; however, we cannot guarantee placement.


Applicants who complete all components of the application by the application deadline will receive notification of admission to the music program by April 1, if not sooner. Applicants will be notified of admission status once our faculty have reviewed the application and submitted a decision to the Graduate School. Final admissions decisions are made by the Graduate School and relayed to applicants via email.

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