Steps for Applying

All MM or MA applicants must have:

  • A completed baccalaureate degree in music, or the equivalent, at an accredited institution of higher education by the time of matriculation.
  • A grade point average of B (3.0) or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate program.
  • Additional requirements vary according to the major area of study.

Priority application deadline to begin studies in the fall semester (August to December) is December 1. Applicants must submit all required materials (see below) by this date to receive full consideration for admission and for assistantship/financial support. Applications received after December 1 will be considered as space permits.

Step 1:  Apply to MU Graduate Studies

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You will need to submit:

  • Application form
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • TOEFL scores (international students)
  • Application fee ($65 domestic, $90 international)
  • Contact information for three individuals who will be asked to write letters of recommendation for you
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay describing your professional goals
  • Select a preferred date for an in-person audition or interview.  
    It is highly recommended that graduate applicants visit the campus in person, however, if you are unable to attend one of the specified dates, you may request a special date.
  • One of the following:
    • Audition video recording of your performance and repertoire list
    • Samples of scholarly writing (Musicology and Music Theory majors)
    • Samples of original compositions (Composition majors)

International Students

Graduate Audition Days
Through the Slate application system with Graduate Studies, you will be able to select preferred in-person audition dates.  The dates for students planning to enter in the Fall 2021 semester are:

  • Monday, January 25, 2021
  • Monday, February 22, 2021

Step 2: Confirmation of Audition Date

Once your application process is complete through the Office of Graduate Studies, the faculty members in your area will confer regarding your materials and determine if an invitation will be extending to you for an on-campus audition and interview.  This invitation will come from the faculty, and you will work with them to confirm a schedule for your time on campus.

Step 3: Come to Graduate Audition Day/Audition Repertoire by Area

A graduate audition day usually consists of class visits, rehearsal observation, your audition with the faculty, and a possible interview for graduate assistantships unrelated to your area.  We try to schedule a lunch with other students and also allow you some time to talk with and ask questions of the Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of the School of Music.


The dates for students planning to enter in the Fall 2021 semester are:

  • Monday, January 25, 2021
  • Monday, February 22, 2021

Step 4: Acceptance Letter

The acceptance letter usually contains different options for your consideration and an acceptance form. Once you have reached a decision, the acceptance form should be completed and sent back to the School of Music Office as soon as possible.

International Student Information
Strong English reading, writing, and speaking abilities are necessary for success in the graduate programs in the School of Music. You can read about the language proficiency requirements on the Graduate School web page.

If your language proficiency scores do not meet these requirements, you may apply to the intensive English program at the MU Center for English Language Learning (CELL). This does not guarantee acceptance to the School of Music, but you may re-apply to the SOM if you achieve a sufficient scores through the CELL program.

If you are an international student or a resident who has extenuating circumstances and cannot audition and interview in person, the recording/materials submitted via the online application to the School of Music will be evaluated in place of the in-person audition. Such applicants may be required to participate in a videoconference interview (Skype, FaceTime, etc.) or to audition on campus at a later time.