As a prospective student from outside the United States, you must
complete the following steps to apply to the DePaul School of Music.
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, master's, or post-master's 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.
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 doesnt matter which company you choose. Only
One Earth International Credential Evaluation
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
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
students must submit proof of English proficiency. You can prove your
English proficiency by submitting any of the following test results:
- 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.
- A minimum IELTS score of 6.5. To learn about the IELTS test and register to take the test, please visit www.ielts.org.
- The equivalent of DePaul's courses WRD 103 and WRD 104 with grades of C or better at an accredited US educational institution.
- A minimum Pearson Test of English Academic score of 53. To learn more about the Pearson Test of English please visit www.pearsonpte.com
- If you have completed a bachelor's 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
Vocalists, Violinists, String Bassists and Jazz Instrumentalists: 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 video to our website. All videos received after December 1 will only be considered based on the availability of audition times.
To submit an undergraduate pre-audition video, click here and go to "Portfolio Submission".
To submit a a graduate pre-audition video, click here and go to "Portfolio Submission".
Upon passing the pre-audition screening, you will receive a notification by no
later than December 20 inviting you to schedule your on-campus audition.
All Other Instruments: After submitting your online
application, you will receive a confirmation email inviting you to
schedule your on-campus audition using your Campus Connection username
Intended Composition Majors: Undergraduate applicants
intending to major in composition are required to submit a portfolio by
February 1. The portfolio should include a list of works you composed
during the past three years and scores for 2 to 3 works that represent
your compositional vocabulary and style. Composition portfolios should be
submitted through our undergraduate or our graduate upload page, under "Portfolio Submission".
All undergraduate applicants are required to perform an entrance audition as
well. The undergraduate composition portfolio must be submitted in addition
to an entrance audition.
Intended Sound Recording Majors: If you intend to in Sound
Recording Technology you are not required to submit a portfolio; however, you
are welcome to submit materials if you so choose. Submissions may include any
recording or video projects that you have created, which exhibit an
understanding of music, video, and multimedia recording and production. Portfolios should be submitted to our upload page, under "Portfolio Submission", by February 1.
To submit an undergraduate portfolio, click here and go to "Portfolio Submission".
To submit a graduate portfolio, click here and go to "Portfolio Submission".
Sound Recording Technology applicants pursing a performance track, please refer to your specific instrument's audition requirements.
Sound Recording Technology applicants pursuing a non-performance track must submit a video audition performing two selections that demonstrate their facility and musical understanding by February 1. There is no need for a live 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
DePaul Undergraduate Recording Upload
DePaul Graduate 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
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. This excludes applicants pursuing the non-performance track for Sound Recording Technology.
Regional Auditions will be available to all instruments except percussion in:
Atlanta: December 30 from 10:15 am - 5:15 pm at the Steinway Piano Galleries in Alpharetta, GA
Los Angeles: January 19 from 4-7 pm and January 20 from 9 am - 2 pm at the Colburn School
Audition results are reviewed and all decisions about acceptance are
made in late March. Students are informed of the results by April 1.
Response to an acceptance is required no later than May 1.