Graduate Admissions

Application deadlines are specific to degree programs. Find yours below.

Your Next Step

SMTD prepares world-class performing artists and leading arts scholars to launch successful careers. SMTD offers 25 graduate degree programs. Hone your talent and deepen your expertise, supported by the mentorship of faculty who are not only celebrated artists and  scholars, but also highly-skilled and dedicated teachers.

Prepare to Apply

Review the required information and documentation for your degree before you begin the application procedure.

Artistic Profile

Our admissions process looks at both artistic preparation and academic achievement. 

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Deadlines for Graduate Applicants

    Enrollment Deposit Due April 15

    Once you are admitted, a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $300 will reserve your place at U-M. The money will be credited to your student account upon enrollment. The enrollment deposit is waived if you accept a merit-based scholarship.

    Closed Programs (Fall 2025 Term)

    The following programs are fully enrolled and will not be accepting applications for Fall 2025 admission:

    • DMA in Clarinet Performance
    • DMA in Euphonium Performance
    • DMA in Harpsichord Performance
    • DMA in Oboe Performance
    • DMA in Trombone Performance
    • DMA in Trumpet Performance
    • DMA in Tuba Performance

    Costs, Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Graduate students may be eligible for need-based aid including work-study and loans. We encourage you to explore all of your financial aid options. To be considered for a merit-based scholarship, you must submit your application and all other required materials by the deadline.

    Application Deadlines for Masters & Specialist Admission

    November 1

    MFA in Dance

    December 1

    MM in Composition
    MA in Composition
    MM in Conducting
    MM in Improvisation
    MA in Media Arts
    MM in Music Education (Academic Year)
    MM in Performance
    SM in Performance

    February 5

    MM in Music Education Summer Program

    Application Deadlines for Doctoral Admission

    December 1

    DMA in Composition
    PhD in Composition and Music Theory
    DMA in Conducting
    DMA in Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation
    PhD in Music Education
    PhD in Musicology
    DMA in Performance

    December 10

    PhD in Performing Arts Technology

    January 5

    PhD in Music Theory

    Application Deadlines for Certificate Admission

    November 1

    Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship & Leadership (Winter term admission)

    March 15

    Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship & Leadership (Fall term admission)

    In rare instances, we will accept applications for admission after December 1 depending on availability. Applications are considered on-time through 11:59pm in the applicant’s time zone on the deadline date. For example, an applicant living in Chicago must submit by 11:59pm Central Time on December 1.

    Ready to apply?

    You’ve prepared your artistic profile and reviewed prerequisites and pre-screening requirements – now its time to put it all in motion!