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Application Process: Master's Students

As a prospective graduate student, you must complete the following steps to apply to the DePaul School of Music.

Apply to DePaul by December 1 

A complete master's student application to the DePaul School of Music includes your official undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation [Graduate Student Recommendation Form], and a live entrance audition (for Performance and Jazz Studies students), composition portfolio (for Jazz Studies Composition and Composition students), or teaching philosophy statement and live interview (for Music Education Students). DePaul School of Music does not require the GRE or any other standardized test for graduate admission. Email materials to musicadmissions@depaul.edu, or mail materials to:

DePaul University School of Music
Music Admissions Office
804 West Belden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

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. International students have additional requirements; please click here for details.

  • Performance and Jazz Studies (MM)
  • Composition (MM)
  • Music Education (MM)

Performance and Jazz Studies (MM)

​Vocalists, Violinists, & All Jazz Applicants:  In addition to your online application, you must submit a pre-audition screening video by December 1. After you submit your online application, you may upload your pre-audition recording to our website. All videos received after December 1 will only be considered based on the availability of audition times. Upon passing the pre-screening, you will receive notification by no later than December 20 inviting you to schedule your live audition.

All Other Instrumentalists: After submitting your online application, you will receive a confirmation letter inviting you to schedule your live audition.

Live, on campus auditions are required of all graduate applicants for Performance and Jazz Studies, and usually take place on weekends in February. Recorded auditions are acceptable only for students currently residing outside of the continental United States. These students should email musicadmissions@depaul.edu for instructions on electronically submitting recorded auditions. DePaul does not offer regional or teleconference auditions.

Applicants to the master's in Jazz Studies Composition track must s​ubmit a composition portfolio of three original scores in addition to their entrance audition. The scores should reflect a variety of instrumentation. Recordings or computer realizations are helpful but not necessary. After you submit your online application, you may upload your composition portfolio to our website. Your portfolio is due by February 1. 

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.​

Composition (MM)

In addition to your application, please submit a minimum of three original scores.  The scores should reflect a variety of instrumentation and/or media.  Recordings or computer realizations are helpful but not necessary. After you submit your online application, you may upload your composition portfolio to our website. Your portfolio is due by February 1.  

An audition is not required. 

Students will be informed of admissions decisions by April 1st. 
Response to an acceptance is required no later than May 1st.​

Music Education (MM)

In addition to your application, please submit a statement of your teaching philosophy, not to exceed 500 words. After submitting your online application, you will receive a confirmation letter inviting you to schedule your interview with the Director of Music Education using your Campus Connection username and password. Live, on campus interviews are required of all Masters in Music Education applicants, and usually take place on weekends in February. 


Students will be informed of admissions decisions by April 1st. 
Response to an acceptance is required no later than May 1st.