Application Process: International Students

As a prospective student from outside the United States, you must complete the following steps to apply to DePaul School of Music.

Apply to DePaul by December 1  

A complete international student application to DePaul School of Music includes the individual components required of your academic level and intended degree (first-year, transfer, teacher certification, masters, or post-masters certificate), a third-party evaluation of your educational credentials, and proof of English language competency, as described below. Your online application is due by December 1. Once your application to DePaul has been received, you will receive a confirmation letter stating that your application has arrived at our office. 

Educational Credentials

In addition to your application, DePaul University requires you to submit your official educational credentials (transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates) and evaluation fee directly to one of three evaluation companies. These evaluators will then provide DePaul with a general evaluation of your studies and certified copies of your international educational credentials which will be used during admission review. (It doesn’t matter which company you choose. Only choose one.)

One Earth International Credential Evaluation
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Educational Perspectives

DePaul will not accept evaluations from any other evaluation companies and will not accept any educational credentials without an evaluation from One Earth, ECE or EP.

To determine what credentials you need to submit for evaluation, please refer to the website of your chosen evaluation company

Proof of English Language Competency


All international students must submit proof of English proficiency. You can prove your English proficiency by submitting any of the following test results:
  1. A minimum TOEFL score of 80, no section lower than 17 (internet based TOEFL), 213 (computer based TOEFL), or 550 (paper based TOEFL). DePaul University's institutional code is 1165. You can access information about the TOEFL test and register at www.toefl.org.
  2. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5. To learn about the IELTS test and register to take the test, please visit www.ielts.org.
  3. The equivalent of DePaul's courses WRD 103 and WRD 104 with grades of C or better at an accredited US educational institution.
  4. A minimum Pearson Test of English Academic score of 53. To learn more about the Pearson Test of English please visit www.pearsonpte.com
  5. If you have completed a Bachelor degree in the US, the English proficiency requirement may be waived.


Once your application to DePaul has been received, you will receive a confirmation letter stating that your application has arrived in our office.

Vocalists, Violinists and Undergraduate Jazz Guitarists:  In addition to your online application, you must submit a pre-audition screening recording by December 1.
Vocalist Pre-Audition Screening Requirements
Violinist Pre-Audition Screening Requirements
Jazz Guitarists Pre-Audition Screening Requirements

After you submit your online application, you may upload your pre-audition recording to our website. All recordings received after December 1 will only be considered based on the availability of audition times.

Upon passing the pre-audition screening, you will receive a letter no later than December 20 inviting you to schedule your on-campus audition using your Campus Connection username and password.

All Other Instruments: After submitting your online application, you will receive a confirmation letter inviting you to schedule your on-campus audition using your Campus Connection username and password.

Schedule your audition  

As an international student, you are allowed to submit a recorded audition only if you are currently residing outside the continental United States. First you must apply to DePaul School of Music. After you submit your online application, you may upload your audition recording at the following website:

DePaul Audition Recording Upload

Either video or audio formats are acceptable. Your audition recording is due by February 1. Please see the audition requirements for the specific repertoire for your level (undergraduate or graduate/certificate) and instrument. Each piece should be recorded in a single take and uploaded as an individual track. Recordings of individual tracks edited together from multiple takes are not appropriate. Our upload system is operated by Decision Desk. If you have errors submitting your audition recording, please contact their customer support, available through the above link.

If you live within the continental United States, we require you to perform a live, on campus audition, which usually takes place on weekends in February. We do not offer regional or teleconference auditions.

Audition results are reviewed and all decisions about acceptance are made in late March. Students are informed of the results by April 1st.

Response to an acceptance is required no later than May 1st.