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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.

Application Materials 

The School of Music will begin accepting applications for fall 2019 in September. The deadline to apply for Fall 2019 will be December 3, 2018. 

Online Application, Materials & Fees
A complete application includes the following:
  • Program-Specific Materials
    Carefully review the additional application materials required by the program to which you are applying. Many require screening videos and materials.
  • Statements
    • Personal Statement - This required statement should address your musical, scholarly and personal experience and proposed course of study in 1-3 pages.
    • Diversity Statement - To be considered for University-level awards focused on fostering a diverse student body, you may elect to submit a 1-3 page statement that identifies the distinctive qualities, characteristics, and life experiences you would contribute to your graduate program and to the education of fellow students at the University of Minnesota.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    List your references and their contact information in your application to the University. The application will contact your references with instructions on how to submit their letters. 
  • Unofficial Transcripts
    Unofficial transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institution are required. If admitted to the University, Graduate Admissions will solicit official transcripts from you upon confirmation of enrollment. Read the complete instructions for submitting transcripts.
  • Official Test Scores
    • Proof of English Language Proficiency
      International applicants (and domestic applicants whose native language is not English) must provide proof of English language proficiency
    • GRE General Test Scores
      The GRE general test is required for applicants of music therapy, musicology/ethnomusicology, theory, and composition programs; it is also required for applicants of doctoral programs in music education. The GRE is not required for all other graduate programs in music. Scores older than five years will not be accepted. The University of Minnesota Graduate School ETS code is 6874.
  • Application Fees
    You will be asked to pay two non-refundable fees in your online application to the University of Minnesota: one $45 fee to the School of Music, and one separate application fee to Graduate School.

Auditions & Interviews

Many programs require a formal entrance audition or interview. Please review program audition and interview requirements, as well as official audition and interview dates. 

Instructor/Advisor Preference

Within the application, you will have the opportunity to express an instructor/advisor preference for individual faculty members. Every effort is made to honor this request based on studio availability and faculty loads; however, the School of Music cannot guarantee placement with your preferred instructor/advisor.

Admissions Decisions

Applicants who complete all components of the application by the deadline will receive notification of admission to the music program no later than April 1, with most decisions shared in February and March. Final admissions decisions are relayed to applicants via email.

Application Questions?  Contact the Music Admissions Office: musicapply@umn.edu | 612-624-2847