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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

Application Materials 

The deadline to apply for fall 2018 entrance is December 1st, 2017. The School of Music will begin accepting and reviewing applications the first week of September, 2017. 

What to submit: 

  • Online Application & Application Fees  
    You will complete your application to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus online via the ApplyYourself system. You will be prompted to pay a School of Music application fee of $35, as well as the Graduate School application fee (see rates) from within ApplyYourself. The application fees cannot be waived nor deferred, and they are non-refundable.
  • Unofficial Transcripts
    Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to ApplyYourself under "Educational Background". Should you be offered admission, Graduate Admissions will then solicit official transcripts. Read the complete instructions for submitting transcripts, including special instructions for international transcript submission. 
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    Three, from people who know your work and can write in detail about you, what you've done, and what you propose to study. Letters 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".
  • Program-Specific Materials
    Carefully review the additional application materials required by the program to which you are applying. Some programs require screening videos and materials. 
  • TOEFL Scores
    All applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Read more about this requirement, including the possibility of TOEFL requirement waivers. 

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. 

Instructor/Advisor 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