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To apply to a School of Music graduate program, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in music or its equivalent.

Application Materials 


2021 Application Deadlines
TBD—Information will be available by the first week of September 2020.

2021 Audition/Interview Dates
TBD—Information will be available by the first week of September 2020.

A complete application includes the following:

  • Program-Specific Materials
    • Carefully review the additional application materials required.
    • Audition, Pre-Screening & Interview Requirements
      • The following programs require a formal entrance audition: Conducting, Collaborative Piano & Coaching, Instrumental Performance, and Vocal Performance. 
  • 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 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. 
  • 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.
  • Unofficial Transcripts
    • Unofficial transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions are required. If admitted to the University, Graduate Admissions will solicit official transcripts from you upon confirmation of enrollment.
  • Official Test Scores
    • Proof of English Language Proficiency
      1. Proficiency Exams: TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, PTE Academic, or Cambridge C1 Advanced.
      2. Proficiency Exam Waiver: granted by the School of Music Director of Graduate Studies based on post-secondary coursework.
        • To request a waiver, email copies of unofficial post-secondary transcripts to musicapply@umn.edu by the application deadline. To qualify for the exemption, the coursework:
        • Consists of at least 16-semester credits or 24-quarter credits of academic writing- and reading-intensive classes
        • Does not include ESL coursework, ensembles, or applied lessons
        • Was completed within the past 2 years in the US, Canada (except Quebec), UK/Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and most current and former British and US territories in the Caribbean/Central and South America.
    • 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. 
  • Transfer Release Form
    • Graduate students currently enrolled at another school of music and applying to transfer to the University of Minnesota must submit transfer release form with their application. Per the National Association of Schools of Music Code of Ethics, no admission or award will be offered without documented formal release.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions Decisions are issued formally by the Graduate Admissions Office. Any funding or additional support is communicated by the Director of Graduate Studies of the School of Music. Please note, faculty members may express interest in working with you; however, this is not an official offer of admission or funding support from the University or the School of Music.