Graduate Academic Applications

Applying to SMTD: SMTD is a highly selective professional school with rich and diverse undergraduate and graduate programs. There are many paths that prospective students travel to gain the skills needed to be competitive for admission. The best way to find out if you are a great fit for SMTD is to apply.

Please select your academic application from the menus below based on your intended degree program.

Academic Application

Please complete both the SMTD Graduate Application and an Artistic Profile in order to apply.


  • Graduate Application Fee – $75
  • Late Fee – $25
  • Artistic Profile (required for all programs) – $45
    • Currently enrolled SMTD students who apply by November 1 will be assessed a reduced Artistic Profile fee.

All fees are non-refundable and payable by credit card.

Supplementary Application Materials

You can submit supporting materials either electronically or by mail.

  • Official electronic transcripts or ESL exam reports should be sent to to
  • Official paper transcripts or ESL exam reports should be sent to:

School of Music, Theatre & Dance Office of Admissions
2290 Moore Building
1100 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor MI 48109-2085

Academic Application

Our DMA, PhD, MA, and MFA programs are jointly administered with the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Please complete both the Rackham Graduate Application and an Artistic Profile in order to apply.


  • Graduate Application Fee – $75
  • Late Fee – $25
  • Artistic Profile (required for all programs) – $45
    • Currently enrolled SMTD students who apply by November 1 will be assessed a reduced Artistic Profile fee.

All fees are non-refundable and payable by credit card. 

Supplementary Application Materials

  • Any additional materials should be sent electronically to
  • Official transcripts should be sent to the Rackham Graduate School.
    • Rackham strongly prefers that official transcripts be sent electronically to
    • Alternatively, hard copies can be mailed to: Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington St., Suite 0120, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070.
    • Read more here about sending transcripts to Rackham.


Artistic Profile Materials For All Graduate Programs

All applicants to SMTD graduate programs must fill out an Artistic Profile in addition to the academic application for your degree program.

Start Your Artistic Profile

Please include all of the following materials:

Unofficial Transcripts

Upload a copy of an unofficial transcript from each previous college or university attended.

Unofficial Test Scores


  • International applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English through official results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB. Upload unofficial English language test scores to your Artistic Profile.
  • Official score results from the testing agency must be received  by December 1.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Applicants for graduate study in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, or Music Theory must submit scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE scores are not required for other SMTD graduate programs.

Include the institution code of the University of Michigan (R1839) and the department code for music (2302) on the registration form. Be certain to take the tests early enough so that the scores will reach the university by January 1. A photocopy of your personal score report can be uploaded to your Artistic Profile to accelerate the review of your application materials, but an official copy sent from the testing agency is required for admission.

Headshot and Resumé

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

Repertoire List (required for performance degrees)

  • Applicants for performance-based degrees must upload a comprehensive repertoire list of works studied on your principal instrument or voice. Solo and chamber music should be included.
  • Upload a separate list of proposed audition repertoire.
  • This requirement is optional for applicants in Composition and Music Education.

Pre-Screening, Portfolios, and Academic Writing Requirements

For details on the pre-screening or portfolio requirements for your program of interest, please see the Auditions & Interviews section.

The following file formats are accepted:
  • Audio: aac, aif, aiff, iff, fla, m4a, mpa, mp3, ra, wav, wma
  • Video: avi, flv, m1v, m2v, m4v, mkv, mov*, mpeg, mpg, mp4, webm, wmv
  • Document: doc, docx, odg, odp, odt, pdf, ppt, pptx, rtf, wpd
  • Image: jpeg, png, gif, jpg

Individual files can be as large as 5GB, but keep in mind that larger files may take some time to upload.

*.mov files may not upload correctly if taken on the latest iPhone. We recommend converting these files to .mp4 if you are encountering post-processing issues.

Upload separate tracks; they will upload faster and are preferred by the faculty.

What does “unedited” mean?

Unedited means that the recordings have not received any sort of ‘enhancement’.

Allowable Edits

  • Global adjustment of balance or levels (to ensure that the volume is acceptable and that the stereo is balanced).
  • Trimming the start or end of a recording to remove pauses.
  • For videos, adjustment to the image quality–color correction, white balance correction, and image stabilization–are all acceptable.

Not Allowed

  • Reverb, chorus, auto-tune, rhythm correction, or any other effects.
  • Any sort of splicing.
Technical Support

For technical support with your Artistic Profile, please email

Academic Writing

All Applicants
Statement of Purpose

Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose 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 2-3 page 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 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(s) 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 Education: upload a recent research manuscript, term paper, or publication that relates to music education.

PhD in Music Theory or Composition & Music Theory: upload a sampling of your recent research, term papers, or publications that relate to music theory.

Non Candidate for Degree (NCFD): give your specific objectives in wishing to enroll in a separate statement.


  • Three 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.
  • The Artistic Profile will prompt an applicant’s recommenders to submit their recommendations electronically.  Alternatively, a recommender may submit a hard copy recommendation form and mail it to our office or email their letter to Be sure your recommender includes your full name and program to which you’re applying.
  • Recommendations are not required for Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD) admission.

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.

Social Security Number

Providing your Social Security number is optional, but it is important for helping us match the application and financial aid materials you may submit. If you do not have a Social Security number, leave this space blank. Do not enter a National ID issued by another country.