Graduate Application Process

Application Instructions

Follow these instructions to apply for a graduate degree program. If you have questions, please reach out via Email.

  1. Complete the Graduate College Application, including the following materials:
    • Transcripts from every institution from which you have earned a degree
    • Three (3) Letters of Reference
    • One academic statement (1000 words max) and a series of short answer Personal Statements.
    • Resume or C.V.
    • DMA applicants only: Upload one sample of your scholarly writing about music (e.g., program notes or a research paper from a music theory/analysis, music history or composition class).
    • English Proficiency Exam: All applicants whose native language is not English must provide a passing TOEFL, IELTS, or DuoLingo score to be considered for admission to the University of Illinois School of Music.
  2. Refer to the relevant degree page for more details on program-specific application requirements.

Please review the important Dates and Deadlines for Graduate Application.

Graduate application important dates

September 1: Application for Fall 2023 term opens
December 1: Application Deadline (for all programs except Summer-Only MME)
December 1: Prescreening deadline. Programs that require prescreening include: conducting (orchestral, wind band, and choral), flute, saxophone, and voice
January 15: Graduate deadline to upload audition recording (for applicants who are submitting a video audition in lieu of a live audition).
February 15: Summer MME application deadline
March 1 – April 1: Admission decisions will be sent on a rolling basis. Most applicants will hear by March 15, but some delays may occur.
March 15 – April 15: Notification of merit-based financial aid sent
April 15: Deadline to submit intent to enroll

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