Graduate Division

Admission Requirements


All new applicants to a graduate program must apply online both to the Indiana University Graduate School and to the Jacobs School of Music by the deadlines indicated on the Jacobs School of Music Admissions and Financial Aid website (

Applicants to all graduate degree and diploma programs are evaluated based on an audition and/or interview. Auditions and interviews are scheduled during designated weekends during the spring semester year and are heard by a committee of department faculty members appointed by the chairperson of the department. This committee evaluates the student’s performance level or other qualifications and makes a recommendation to the Jacobs School of Music Admissions and Recruitment Committee. The Admissions and Recruitment Committee determines whether the student can be admitted to a specific program by considering the student’s past academic record, letters of recommendation, and the audition/interview committee’s recommendation. An audition/interview appointment request is made through the Jacobs School of Music Supplemental Application and the audition/interview must have been completed within 9 months of the admissions decision by the Jacobs School of Music Admissions and Recruitment Committee. In those areas that require pre-screening, applicants will be notified of whether or not they will be invited for an on-campus audition and/or interview.

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For admission to a master’s degree program, a minimum test score of 560 (paper-based) or 84 (Internet-based) is necessary. For admission to a doctoral degree program, a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based) is necessary. For those applying to the diploma programs, a minimum score of 510 (paper-based) or 65 (Internet-based) is required. Applicants who submit score reports from several tests within the last two years may satisfy the minimum score by adding their best result from each of the sections of the TOEFL (Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing) to reach a new total (a.k.a. “Superscore”).  

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music students who are currently enrolled in a diploma or master's program and are applying for admission to a different diploma or graduate degree program must apply according to the procedures for internal applicants, as specified on the Jacobs School of Music Admissions and Financial Aid website (

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Students are ordinarily subject to the curricular requirements outlined in the Bulletin in effect at the start of their current degree. See below for links to previous Bulletins.