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Graduate Admission

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Auditions for Fall Entry

Audition requirements by area can be found in the Future Students section. Please continue to check back for more information on how to submit an audition.

To apply to the 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.

Application Deadlines:

  • December 1 for fall semester
  • October 1 for spring semester

Online Application, Materials & Fees

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Carefully review the additional application materials required by the program to which
you are applying. Many require screening videos, auditions, and materials.

An application includes:

  • Personal Statement - This required statement should address your musical, scholarly and personal experience and proposed course of study in 1-2 pages.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation - List your references and their contact information in your application to the University. The application will contact your references with instructions on how to submit their letters. 
  • Resume or CV

  • Unofficial Transcripts - Unofficial transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institution are required. If admitted to the University, Graduate Admissions will solicit official transcripts upon confirmation of enrollment. 

  • GRE Test Scores - The GRE is not required for our School of Music. University of Iowa code is 6681.

  • English Proficiency scores - International applicants must submit official English Proficiency scores; the University of Iowa code is 6681. The English Proficiency Requirement has specifics on scores and waivers for applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree (or higher) at an accredited university in the United States.

  • Application Fees - The application fee of $60 ($100 for international applicants) in your online application.

Auditions & Interviews

Many programs require a formal entrance audition or interview. Please review program audition and interview requirements, as well as official audition and interview dates. 

Admissions Decisions

Applicants who complete all components of the application by the deadline will receive notification of admission to the music program no later than April 1, with most decisions shared in February and March. Final admissions decisions are relayed to applicants via email from the Office of Admissions.

Admission questions should be directed to