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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 deadline for all application materials is December 1, 2017 (post-marked). Please contact the School of Music at inquire about the possibility of submittng an application after the deadline. Faculty will consider requests on a case-by-casis.

Online Application, Materials & Fees
Complete your application to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus online via the ApplyYourself system. Within ApplyYourself, please submit: 
  • Program-Specific Materials
    Carefully review the additional application materials required by the program to which you are applying as some programs require screening videos and materials.
  • 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, faculty loads and general balance in individual studios; however, we cannot guarantee placement.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    Three letters from people who know your work and can write in detail about you should be submitted directly online, via ApplyYourself. List your references in the application, and provide an e-mail address where each can be contacted. The ApplyYourself online system will contact them and instruct them on how to submit their letters. 
  • Personal Statement
    About 1-4 pages (single-spaced) addressing both your musical, scholarly and personal experience and proposed course of study. Upload the document to ApplyYourself under "Applicant Statement I".
  • Unofficial Transcripts
    Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to ApplyYourself under "Educational Background". Upon admission, Graduate Admissions will solicit official transcripts. Read the complete instructions for submitting transcripts, including special instructions for international transcript submission. 
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
    University policy requires international applicants (and domestic applicants whose native language is not English) to provide proof of English language proficiency.
  • $45 Music Application Fee
    This fee is separate from the application fee to the University of Minnesota. The music application fee must be received before the application materials will be reviewed or any audition/interview scheduled. Eligible students may apply for a fee waiver.

​​Auditions & Interviews

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


Applicants who complete all components of the application by the deadline will receive notification of admission to the music program by April 1, if not sooner. Final admissions decisions are relayed to applicants via email.

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