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Transfer & International Students

Transfer and international students applying to the School of Music graduate program should plan ahead and follow the steps below to ensure a smooth admission process.

Transfer Students

As an acredited, institutional member school of the National Association for Schools of Music, we kindly require graduate students who are currently enrolled at a school of music and looking to transfer to the University of Minnesota School of Music to submit a transfer release form by December 1. Per the NASM Code of Ethics, no admission or award will be offered without documented formal release. Forms may be submitted electronically to, or by post to Music Admissions, 200A Ferguson Hall, 2106 4th Street South, Minneapolis MN 55455. 

Transfer credits for applied lessons will be determined through a transfer-credit evaluation jury. The jury will take place at the end of the first semester of applied study.

Most music history courses and ensemble courses will transfer directly; however, students may need to submit a syllabus or course description for review.

International Students


TOEFL English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose native language is not English* must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The University of Minnesota's institutional requirement for the TOEFL is a 79 (internet version, with at least 21 on writing and 19 on reading) or 550 (paper version). TOEFL scores must be sent electronically from ETS to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities institution code 6874

For more information on English Language Proficiency, please contact the Graduate School.

*Applicants who have completed at least 24 quarter credits or 16 semester credits of academic, writing and reading-intensive coursework at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States (or other English-speaking country) may request a waiver of the TOEFL requirement by emailing no later than December 1. Applied coursework such as lessons or ensembles do not apply. 

Additional resources and information for international students at the University of Minnesota is available through International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

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