New Grad Student Information

New Grad Student Information

Fall 2023 Entrance Exam Schedule and Study Guides

Entrance Exam Schedule 

The Graduate Entrance Exams in Music Theory and Musicianship are required of all entering graduate students except those in Music Education, the Artist Diploma, and Musicology.

Study Guides for these entrance exams are posted here. Please note that registration for the exams is required. Please complete a registration form here. Registration closes on August 11.  Students are strongly encouraged to prepare thoroughly for the entrance exams. Failing to take the exams or not passing one or more sections will require course remediation or retaking exams in the following semester. It thus may delay the completion of the degree, particularly for DMA students.

The theory entrance exam will be offered on Wednesday, August 16, from 5:30-8:30 PM.

The musicianship entrance exam will be offered on Thursday, August 17, from 6:30-7:30 PM.

Both exams are held in the Music Building Auditorium (1030 MB).

If you are a current University of Illinois Graduate Music Student continuing to a new degree program (e.g., MM to DMA) and have previously completed the entrance exams, you have met the entrance requirements; you are exempt from taking the entrance exams.

New Student Orientation

Orientation for new graduate students will be held in 1030 Music Building (Music Building Auditorium) Thursday, August 17, from 1 to 4 PM.

TA Orientation

Orientation for new and continuing graduate TAs will be held in 1030 Music Building (Music Building Auditorium) Friday, August 18, from 1 to 4:30 PM.

Friday, 18 August

1:00-2:45: General information and discussion session for all TAs, MB Auditorium

2:45-3:00: Snack break in the south (Nevada St.) lobby

3:00-3:45: Breakout sessions 1

      Classroom TAs (musicology and theory/musicianship), MB Auditorium

      Studio lesson TAs, MB 0359 (Fishbowl)

      Ensemble TAs, MB 0304

3:45-4:30: Breakout session 2

      Instrumental methods TAs, MB 0359 (Fishbowl)

Final Transcripts

All new graduate students must submit original, final transcripts to the Graduate College as soon as possible. The final transcript must display the degree name and conferral date. Students who do not submit final transcripts from previously attended institutions will have a hold placed on their account and will be blocked from registering for the spring term. If you have any questions about submitting your final transcript, please get in touch with the Graduate College at

Helpful Links

  • Quick Guide (critical!) – 10 quick and essential steps to help you get everything in place.
  • Registration Tutorial – click here to learn how to register for fall classes using Enhanced Registration.
  • Fall Ensemble Auditions
  • Domestic Students: If you are eligible for need-based aid (e.g., student loans), your loans will disburse after class registration.
  • International Students: Please review important Pre-Arrival Planning and Check-In information with the International Student and Scholars Services Office (ISSS). Until you complete the requirements for ISSS, your registration hold will not be lifted. Review the Pre-Arrival Overview here.
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