Graduate Music Admissions

Graduate Music: HOW TO APPLY

For information about specific Graduate Music programs, see

To apply to a program, follow the steps below:

  1. Complete a Graduate Admissions Application to Western Michigan University. For general information about WMU's Graduate College, visit the Future Students website. International students should begin at the International Admissions and Services website. Please upload an unofficial copy of your transcript from your undergraduate school(s) as part of the application and follow the university's instructions for submitting an official transcript directly from your institution to  For letters of recommendation, submit a recommendation provider list with your application. Your recommenders will be automatically notified and their recommendations will be attached to your WMU application.
  2. Within the School of Music, you will be required to complete an audition and/or submit a portfolio of documents as appropriate to your intended degree and area of concentration. Contact the appropriate faculty member directly for more detailed information:
    Composition: a portfolio of three to four completed scores and recordings (if available). See Composition/Apply.
    Conducting: a pre-screening video (via WMU Music Submissions) and a Repertoire list (submitted with WMU application)
    Master of Arts: portfolio of three scholarly papers (via WMU Music Submissions)
    Music Education: no additional materials required for application
    Music Therapy: three letters of recommendation (submitted with WMU application), and a video of demonstration of performance skills
     arrange an audition date directly with the appropriate studio faculty member (preferably before March 1).

    While it is preferable to audition in person, you may submit video and/or audio files for your studio audition. Some studios may use video submissions for pre-screening purposes (e.g., conducting, voice) and will still require an in-person audition for final admission.  Go to the WMU Music Submissions website for specific instructions on uploading materials. 
  3. If you would like to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship, you will need to complete a separate GA application form by February 15. Not all GA positions are available each year, so check with the appropriate faculty for availability. GA applications require three letters of recommendation which should be sent online as part of your WMU application. More information is available on the graduate assistantships web page.

If you are unsure of whom to contact or have additional questions, please contact David Loberg Code, Graduate Coordinator, at or (269) 387-4675.