Graduate Music Application Instructions

  • You must complete all of the application screens in order to submit the application.
  • You may save an unfinished application to complete at a later date. Click the "Save to Finish Later" button on any screen.
  • Important: Remember to save your password. You will need it to retrieve your application if you save it to finish later.
  • If you spend more than 60 minutes on one screen, the system will "time out." This means your information will not be saved. To avoid losing your information, be sure to click to the next or previous page within the 60-minute time limit. You will always be able to go back and forth among application screens to complete your answers.
  • Within 24 hours of submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email from DePaul.

Admission Requirements

Master of Music 
Admission to the graduate program is based on evidence of ability to be successful in graduate study. Other criteria are completion of the bachelor of music, or equivalent, from an accredited institution, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0), three letters of recommendation, and demonstration of special competence in the major area, including an audition. No GRE is required. Voice applicants must demonstrate competence in Italian, French, and German diction by audition.

Certificate in Performance 
Entry into the program is based on evidence of ability to be successful in post-graduate level performance study. Other criteria include completion of a master of music in performance degree, or equivalent, from an accredited institution, three letters of recommendation, and an entrance audition. Voice applicants must demonstrate competence in Italian, French, and German diction by audition and written IPA exam.

Music Teacher Certification Program 
Applicants for the Illinois State K-12 music teacher certification need to have earned a bachelors degree in music from an accredited institution, pass an audition on their major instrument, and interview with the music education department chair.

Application Fee

The application fee is $40.00, payable online, by personal check or money order. Checks should be payable to "DePaul University" and mailed to the address below. If you write a check, be sure to put your name and Social Security Number on the check. When it arrives at DePaul, we will match it up with your application. You should send in your application fee at the same time you submit the application online.

A student in need of financial aid may request a waiver of the application fee by submitting a personal letter requesting this consideration.

Send all application materials to:

School of Music Office of Admission
DePaul University
804 West Belden Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614
For International Applicants

Education Credentials 
Submit official copies of your original secondary and/or higher secondary school records. These may include: yearly transcripts listing subjects studied and corresponding exam results, yearly marksheets, leaving certificates, Indeks/student books, Abitur, GCE O/A-level results, and diplomas. If applicable, submit official copies of your original post-secondary school records. These may include yearly transcripts, marksheets, exam results, final diplomas, degrees, or graduation certificates. Course descriptions may be requested at a later date.
"Official copies" are issued in the original language directly by your college or university. Copies must bear the official stamp and/or seal of the institution, as well as the signature of the appropriate official, such as the Dean, Rector, Registrar, Controller of Examinations, or Office of Teaching Affairs. Photo/notarized copies, facsimile/electronic mail transmissions will not be accepted. You may request in writing that original documents be returned after an admission decision has been made.

If you are applying as a transfer student with international credit, and are residing in the U.S., please have a course-by-course evaluation done in advance by an independent agency. The evaluation report should accompany your official transcripts at the time of application. DePaul recommends Educational Perspectives or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE) for this purpose.

English Translations 
Submit official translations of all educational documents originally issued in a language other than English. "Official translations" must be issued by a translation agency or university language department. The translation must be typed on official stationary, with the name, phone number and address of the translator. The translator must attest proficiency in the original language and must indicate that the translations are true and correct. Photo/notarized copies will not be accepted, nor will an evaluation of your education take place unless academic records are accompanied by true and complete, word-for-word translations.

Proof of English Language Proficiency 
All students educated outside of the United States must submit proof of English proficiency. A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 80 (Internet-based test; no section lower than 17), 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (paper-based test) is required for all applicants, although some graduate programs may require higher minimum scores. Please contact TOEFL directly to request an official score report; DePaul's TOEFL code is 1165. DePaul also accepts an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher in place of the TOEFL. Please note that TOEFL cannot be waived for any applicant educated in a country where the native language is not officially recognized as English. Waivers will not be granted to international applicants/non-native speakers on the basis of the following: education at a non-US school where English was the "language of instruction," US employment or US residency alone, completion of an ESL program alone. TOEFL may be waived (upon receipt of an official transcript) if an international applicant has completed the equivalent of DePaul's English 103 and 104 with a grade of C or better at an accredited institution in the US.

Conditional Admission 
Students applying for certain programs who receive a TOEFL score below the minimum requirement and who meet all other requirements for admission to an academic program may be granted conditional admission. Students will be required to enroll in DePaul's English Language Academy (ELA) for at least one term and receive a minimum score of 550 on the ELA-administered paper-based TOEFL before registering for academic classes.

Financial Documentation 
Students who plan to apply for F-1 of J-1 student visa status are required by US immigration law to submit evidence of adequate funding to meet the estimated tuition and living expenses for their first year of study before an I20 (used to apply for an F1 student visa) or DS-2019 form can be issued. Please submit an original bank statement, issued within six months of your anticipated entry term, preferably in savings, reflecting the appropriate amount in US dollars. If you will be sponsored, request a signed and dated "affidavit" or official letter from your sponsor indicating the amount of sponsorship, as well as the sponsor's name, address, and relationship to you, accompanied by the sponsor's current/original bank statement. Please note that translations must accompany any letters or bank statements issued in a language other than English. Promissory notes or employers statement of estimated earnings will not be accepted. Photo/notarized copies or email/facsimile transmissions will not be accepted. Any false statements made regarding financial responsibility violate US immigration laws. DePaul is not responsible of the amount of funds shown as available by the student or sponsor on the affidavit of support becomes unavailable after the date on this affidavit. The Financial Affidavit of support and Transfer Release Form (for F1 visa holders currently attending another U.S. institution) can be found on the Student Visas section of the site.

Although financial documentation may be submitted after an admission decision has been made, applicants are encouraged to submit the appropriate paperwork as soon as possible.

Copy of Passport 
All students requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 form from DePaul must submit a copy of the identification page of their passport.

Transferring Your I-20 Form 
If you are currently in F-1 visa status and attending another school, college, university of English language program in the US and are admitted to DePaul, you must receive a new DePaul I-20 form. Please submit the financial documents and copy of your passport as outlined above, along with a copy of your current I-20 form, and the completed Transfer Release form.

Evidence of Immigration Status 
(For non-F1/J1 students) If you are on a type of visa other than F-1 or J-1, or if you are a permanent resident of the US, please submit a copy of the current visa page and I-94 card in your passport, or a copy of your Alien Registration card (front and back) as verification of your current status.

The documents outlined above are not requirements for admission, but are necessary for the issuance of your I-20 form. Please note that I-20 forms can only be issued to students who are accepted to DePaul in full-time degree-seeking programs.

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