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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

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A complete master's student application to the DePaul School of Music includes:
- Official undergraduate transcripts (Please note a transcript is only considered official if it is sent from the institution directly, and not sent through the applicant.​) - due February 1
 - Three letters of recommendation - due February 1
- In person or video recorded entrance audition (for Performance and Jazz Studies students) - due February 1
- Composition portfolio (for Jazz Studies Composition and Composition students) - due February 1
- Teaching philosophy statement and live interview (for Music Education Students) - due February 1

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 Admission Office
804 West Belden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Your online application is due by December 1. International students have additional requirements; please click here for details.

Apply by December 1:

Music Requirements

  • Pre-screening video (required for applicants on clarinet, classical voice, violin and all jazz instruments). Please visit the specific instrument page for the repertoire requirements. Pre-screen recordings can begin to be uploaded 24 hours after the application has been submitted (upon receiving application portal login credentials). Must be received by December 1.
  • ​Audition. Applicants have a choice between two audition formats: in person auditions or recorded submissions. Though recorded auditions are accepted, we strongly encourage applicants to audition on campus to benefit from the in-person experience of meeting our faculty and seeing our buildings. Below are the details for each format. 

    a. In person auditions take place during the month of January (regionally) and February (on-campus). Live auditions can be scheduled here. Please visit the specific instrument page for the repertoire.

    b. Recorded auditions must be uploaded to your Application Portal​ no later than February 1. Recorded auditions must be accompanied by a short interview video submission. Please visit the specific instrument page for the repertoire and interview requirements. If you choose to proceed with a recorded audition, please email musicadmissions@depaul.edu by January 25 to activate your portal. ​

Materials (due February 1)

  • Official graduate and undergraduate transcripts.
  • Three letters of recommendation 

Official transcripts should be mailed to:​

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

Electronic transcripts or test scores should be emailed to: musicadmissions@depaul.edu

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

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 April 15.

​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  schedule your interview​​ and upload your portfolio​ to the "Portfolio Submission" section here​.​ Your portfolio is due by February 1.  

 
An audition is not required. 
 
Students will be informed of admissions decisions by April 1. 
Response to an acceptance is required no later than April 15.​​

​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.

 
Students will be informed of admissions decisions by April 1. 
Response to an acceptance is required no later than April 15.​