Non-Degree Programs

Performance Diploma

The Performance Diploma Program is an intensive four-semester (two-year) course of study for musicians who have already achieved a high level of performance and wish to focus on developing their performing skills through further study.

The program provides for concentrated study in appropriate literature with a master teacher, without being enrolled in a degree program. The program features private study as well as chamber music and ensemble experience within the College of Music. In addition, Diploma students are required to perform one recital during each of the two years of enrollment. 

During their time of study, Performance Diploma students concentrate almost exclusively on developing their performing skills. This program recognizes accomplishment but does not carry the privileges of a college degree. Instead, students would likely be preparing for auditions, competitions, or career entry positions.  The full curriciulum is available here.

All applicants in classical voice, saxophone, percussion, flute and piano must submit a prescreening recording. This recording must be received no later than December 1 (fall applicants). Recordings will be reviewed by a committee beginning the week following the December 1 deadline. You will be notified via email as to whether or not you have been invited for a live audition. The recording quality must be sufficient for us to make a reasonable judgment of your ability. Specific prescreening requirements can be found within the audition section of this website.

Michigan State University Lifelong Education Application

Complete the online application to Michigan State University. Be sure to select Lifelong Education on the first page.

College of Music Supplemental Application

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


Use the College of Music Supplemental Application to register for an audition. NOTE:  Flute, Piano, Saxophone, and Voice applicants will pre-register for an audition date. Only those who pass prescreening will be invited to attend.


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. Deadline is Dec 1 or at least two weeks prior to your scheduled audition.

College of Music - Office of Admissions
Michigan State University
253 Music Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

Electronic transcripts: MSU accepts e-transcripts only from U.S. schools if sent directly to us by the school.  Please send to

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. Deadline is Dec 1 or at least two weeks prior to your scheduled audition.

Letters of Recommendation

Request letters of recommendation from three individuals familiar with your musical abilities. Deadline is Dec 1 or at least two weeks prior to your scheduled audition.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants