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Application Process: Post-master's Certificate Students

As a prospective post-master's certificate student, you must complete the following steps to apply to the DePaul School of Music:

Apply to DePaul by December 11 (extended deadline)​

A complete post-master's certificate student application to the DePaul School of Music includes your official undergraduate transcripts, official graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation [Graduate Student Recommendation Form] and a live entrance audition. DePaul School of Music does not require the GRE or any other standardized test for graduate admission. Email materials to, 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 11 (extended deadline). Once your application to DePaul has been received, you will receive a confirmation email stating that your application has arrived at our office. International students have additional requirements; please click here for details.

Vocalists, Violinists, String Bassists, Clarinetists and all Jazz Applicants: In addition to your online application, you must submit a pre-audition screening video by December 11 (extended deadline)After you submit your online application, you may upload your composition portfolio to the "Portfolio Submission" section here (login credentials will be sent 24 hours after application submission). All videos received after December 11 (extended deadline) will only be considered based on the availability of audition times. Upon passing the pre-audition screening, you will receive notification by no later than December 20 inviting you to schedule your live audition.

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

Schedule your audition 

Live, on-campus auditions are required of all certificate applicants, 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 for instructions on electronically submitting recorded auditions. 

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.

This graduate certificate program is approved as a Gainful Employment Program through the US Department of Education and is, therefore, eligible for Federal Student Aid.  Find more information here​.