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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 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.


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​.
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