The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
Melody Racine, senior associate dean for academic, faculty, and student affairs at SMTD will step in as interim dean of the school, effective Aug. 16.
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
Awards available through the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) are made primarily on the basis of merit and are jointly administered through the Offices of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Equity, and Inclusion and the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. They consist of graduate student assistantships and fellowships that are only offered to full-time students. There are no fellowships available for summer study.
To be considered for a merit-based award, all application materials must be submitted by the deadline; in most cases this deadline is December 1. The audition/interview must be completed no later than the end of February. Students who meet all application and audition deadlines, and subsequently are offered admission, will automatically be considered for School of Music, Theatre & Dance merit-based awards.
Official offers of assistantships and/or fellowships are made in writing by the Associate Deans; other discussions of possible assistance are not considered binding on the University. Prospective students may not be required to respond to an offer for the upcoming fall term prior to April 15.
Nearly all PhD, DMA, and Rackham master's students receive full-tuition fellowships. Most also receive health benefits and a stipend attached to a Graduate Student Assistantship, which can vary considerably in regard to the appointment fraction and the duties associated with it. In addition to the funding packages offered by the SMTD, Rackham students are also eligible to apply for a wide range of fellowships to fund research, travel, and performance.
Notification of financial awards made through the School will be sent electronically beginning in March through early April.
Questions concerning graduate merit-based awards should be directed to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies: 734-764-0590 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The SMTD strongly encourages all applicants to apply for need-based financial aid.
Awards made on the basis of financial need are available through the Office of Financial Aid. U.S. citizens and holders of permanent resident and immigrant visas enrolled full-time in graduate degree programs are eligible for the Federal College Work-Study (CWS) program, the Federal Perkins Loan program, and the Federal Direct Loan (both subsidized and unsubsidized) programs.
To apply, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 but no later than March 1 to be considered for all eligible aid programs. Be sure to use U-M's Federal School Code 002325. There is no cost to submit the FAFSA. The FAFSA is available on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
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