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Necessary Information & Documentation

Your credentials are requested via the online application and your Artistic Profile.

Application Materials

Official Transcripts

Mail an official transcript from each college or university attended to:

Rackham Graduate School
915 E. Washington St., Suite 0120
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070

 

Unofficial Transcripts

  • Upload an unofficial or official transcript from each previous college or university attended.
  • We expect that you have achieved an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (where A=4.0), or a grade point average of at least 3.2 for the final two years of undergraduate study.
  • All applicants for doctoral admission must have achieved an average of at least B (3.0 on a 4-point scale or 5.0 on a 9-point scale) in their master's studies.
  • If you currently have coursework in progress, an official transcript with final grades and your degree posted will be required before your enrollment at U-M.

Test Scores

TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB

International applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English through official results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB.

Upload English language test scores to allow for quicker, preliminary processing of your application.

Official scores results must also be sent directly from the testing agency by December 1.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE scores are required for the PhD programs in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Theory. GRE scores are not required for other programs. Be certain to take the test early enough so that the scores will reach U-M by January 15.

Academic Writing

Statement of Purpose

Upload an academic statement of purpose. This essay should be a concise, well-written statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.

 

Personal Statement

Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the U-M.

For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree.

 

Writing Sample for PhD applicants

PhD in historical musicology or ethnomusicology: upload one or more samples of your writing on a music-related topic.

PhD in music theory or composition/theory: upload a sampling of your recent research, term papers, or publications that relate to music theory.

Social Security Number

Disclosure of your U.S. Social Security Number is mandatory. It is used for identification purposes in University records in accordance with an administrative regulation issued on November 15, 1966.

 

Artistic Profile Materials

Resumé & Photograph

  • Upload a professional resumé detailing your training and experience.
  • Upload a recent photograph or a headshot.

Repertoire List

A repertoire list is required for all applicants to the DMA in Performance. Please include the following items:

  • A comprehensive repertoire list of works studied on your principal instrument or voice. Solo and chamber music should be included.
  • A separate list of proposed audition repertoire.

Audition/Interview Date Preferences

An audition or interview is required for most programs. Review the available dates for the program to which you are applying.

 

Recommendations

Three written recommendations must be submitted by persons who are familiar with your work and who can provide information concerning your qualifications for graduate study. At least one recommendation must be from your major professor, advisor, or department chair.

Music Education applicants should submit a recommendation from a supervisor or principal who has observed your teaching.

 

Academic Writing

Statement of Purpose

Upload an academic statement of purpose. This essay should be a concise, well-written statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.

Personal Statement

Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the U-M.

For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree.

Writing Sample for PhD Applicants

PhD in historical musicology or ethnomusicology: upload one or more samples of your writing on a music-related topic.

PhD in music theory or composition/theory: upload a sampling of your recent research, term papers, or publications that relate to music theory.

If you are seeking Not Candidate for Degree (NCFD) status, in a separate statement, give your specific objectives in wishing to enroll.

Departmental Requirements

Pre-screening recordings, portfolio, studio teacher preferences, video interview, and/or additional writing samples may also be required by your Department. Please review the appropriate link on the Rackham Graduate Auditions page.

 

UMID

A few days after you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email from our office, which will include your eight-digit UMID. This number will be uniquely yours, and will be helpful in subsequent communication with the U-M.

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