Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance (percussion, piano, strings, voice, winds)


Michigan State University Application

Complete the online application to Michigan State University. There is a nonrefundable $50 application fee. Apply early if you want to be considered for financial aid, a graduate assistantship, or a fellowship.

College of Music Supplemental Application

Submit the online College of Music Supplemental Application. There is a $60 nonrefundable application fee.  Deadline is December 1.

Audition

Use the College of Music Supplemental Application to register for an audition. Available dates are posted here.

Click here for general information about the audition format.

Transcripts

Submit one official transcript from every college or university attended. Transcripts are considered official when mailed by the institution directly to the College of Music at the address below.

Michigan State University
College of Music - Office of Admissions
333 W. Circle Dr, room 253
East Lansing, MI  48824

Electronic transcripts sent directly to us by the school are acceptable.  Please send to admissions@music.msu.edu.

Please plan to have your transcripts received by our office no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled audition.

Curriculum Vitae

To be considered for a fellowship or teaching assistantship, please provide a curriculum vitae that includes all relevant education and professional experience including:

  • Group teaching experience (where, when, how long, what classes, how many, etc.)
  • Private teaching experiences (where, when, how long, ages of students)
  • Previous experience as a graduate assistant

Please upload this document to the College of Music Supplemental Application at least two weeks prior to your scheduled audition.

Piano Assistantship Application

To be considered for a piano teaching assistantship, please file this short application (PDF). There will be an additional audition scheduled on your audition day. Only those that file this application at least two weeks prior to their scheduled audition will be considered.

Personal Statement

In your personal statement please describe your educational and musical background, goals and objectives, and future career plans. Please feel free to include any information that you feel would be helpful to the College of Music in making our admission decision. Limit your statement to 300-500 words.

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT ONLINE SUBMISSIONS: The College of Music prefers to receive personal statements online. Although the MSU Graduate Application also accepts personal and academic statements online, please do not use that application to submit your personal statement. Please use only the College of Music application to submit your personal statement.  Plan to upload this document no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled audition.

Letters of Recommendation

Request letters of recommendation from three individuals familiar with your musical abilities.

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT ONLINE SUBMISSIONS: The College of Music prefers to receive letters of recommendation online. Although the MSU Graduate Application also accepts letters of recommendation online, please do not use that application for your letters of recommendation. Please use only the College of Music application to submit your letters.  Letters must arrive no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled audition.

Additional requirements for International Graduate Applicants.