Updated fall 2022 Butler School of Music application and prescreen/audition repertoire requirements are available here. This website will be updated to reflect these changes by Sept. 1. Please contact us at mga@mail.music.utexas.edu if you have any questions. We thank you for your patience.

How To Apply

Refer to each program's application instructions page for admission deadlines and requirements. Butler School of Music graduate programs accept applications only for the fall semester. Spring and summer applications are not accepted.

Applications and supporting materials for graduate study at the Butler School of Music will be accepted through December 21.

Applicants to all programs must follow the Graduate School instructions to submit:

  • ApplyTexas application
  • Application fee
  • Transcripts

Please do not mail any documents to the Butler School of Music.

Test Scores

Please note that The University of Texas does not accept standardized test superscoring (e.g., GRE ScoreSelect or TOEFL MyBest Scores). The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) will always report your highest available total score for each exam to the Butler School as part of your application file.


Submitting a GRE score is optional for fall 2021 applicants in Ethnomusicology, Music & Human Learning, Music Theory and Musicology.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required for applicants to Ethnomusicology, Music & Human Learning, Music Theory and Musicology. Chamber Music, Collaborative Piano, Composition, Conducting, Jazz, Opera Coaching and Opera Directing applicants are not required to submit a GRE score. GRE scores must be received by GIAC by December 1. Test scores more than five years old will not be accepted. Only test scores sent directly from the testing agency are considered official. The Educational Test Services (ETS) code for The University of Texas at Austin is 6882. Test scores sent to this code are made available to all graduate departments. There is no separate or additional department code for the Butler School of Music.

There is no minimum required total score but it is recommended that the combined score be above 300 (or 1000 in the old scoring system), however, international applicants must score higher than 140 (or 400 in the old scoring system) on the verbal portion of the exam.

If the GRE is not available in your country please contact Daniel Seriff, Graduate Admissions Coordinator.


International students whose native language is not English must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL scores must be sent by The Educational Test Services (ETS) to The University of Texas at Austin. The institutional code is 6882. There is no institutional code for the IELTS examination. Test takers should provide the following address to have their official score sent to The University of Texas at Austin:

Graduate and International Admissions Center
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7608
Austin, Texas 78713-7608

A score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) on the TOEFL or an overall band of 6.5 on the IELTS is the recommended minimum acceptable for admission to The University of Texas at Austin. Students with low test scores are still eligible for admission but may be required by the International Student and Scholar Services Office to take additional coursework in English speaking and writing once enrolled. Learn more about English as Second Language (ESL) services through the International Office.

TOEFL or IELTS Waiver Information

International applicants with a bachelor's degree from a United States institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country will receive a waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS. The University of Texas at Austin will not waive the requirement for the TOEFL or IELTS for applicants who earn only a master's degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country.

Applicants from the following countries do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom, U.S. Pacific Trust.

Application Review & Decision Notification

Applicants to all graduate programs are evaluated on The University of Texas at Austin requirements for graduate admission. Some programs may have stricter requirements. The graduate admissions committee will not review nor make decisions on incomplete files. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the file is complete by the deadline, including all Graduate School and departmental requirements.

Offers of admission are made in late February through early March. You will be notified by email when the admissions committee makes an admission decision on your application. The decision will also appear in MyStatus. Admitted graduate students have through April 15 to respond to an offer of admission.

Diagnostic Exams

Students who accept an offer of admission are required to take diagnostic examinations in music history and music theory prior to registering for their first semester of graduate work. The diagnostics are designed to determine the levels of competence that students have in these areas at the time they enter the graduate program. Students who are found to be deficient in either of these areas must remove the deficiency by enrolling at the earliest opportunity in the appropriate undergraduate or special remedial course(s), and by passing these courses with a grade of "B" or better. Required remedial courses may not count towards degree requirements and may add to a student's overall course load.

Diagnostic exams for the fall 2021 semester are tentatively scheduled for August 16-18, 2021, as part of the new graduate student orientation. Attendance at this orientation is mandatory for all new graduate students.