Application Deadline: Dec. 1

Graduate School Requirements

Follow the Graduate School instructions to submit the ApplyTexas application, application fee and transcripts. Performance applicants are not required to submit a GRE score. International applicants should review the Graduate School instructions to determine if they are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music Requirements

Submit the following documents through the Butler School of Music application.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose is a 500-word essay outlining your objectives for graduate study, career plans and reasons for applying to our program.

Letters of Recommendation

Three recommendation letters, written in the last 12 months, pertaining to your potential for graduate study in music are required. Provide contact information for your three chosen references in your Butler School of Music application. Notification emails will be sent to your references after you submit the application. Any delay in submitting your application will delay the notifications to your references.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

All applicants for graduate degree programs must submit a résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) providing complete information concerning musical training, experience, awards, honors, publications and performances.

Repertoire List

The repertoire list should include solo works performed in a recital, jury or studio class (including concertos and other large ensemble works featuring prominent solo passages), chamber works and a representative selection of large ensemble repertoire, as appropriate.


Bassoon, clarinet, flute, French horn, guitar, opera, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, viola, violin and voice applicants must submit a video prescreening recording to be considered for a live, on-campus audition. Current University of Texas at Austin students applying for a further degree and graduate students who are reapplying to end an official leave of absence are exempt from the prescreening requirement. Prescreening results are released in mid-December. Prescreening repertoire requirements are available on the Graduate Audition webpage. Each prescreen selection may be recorded in a separate video.

Select an Audition Date

All graduate performance applicants must perform and pass a live, on-campus audition to pursue a degree in music. Applicants in prescreening areas will receive results in mid-December, and those with positive results will be invited to audition on campus. Audition repertoire requirements are available on the Graduate Audition webpage.

Helpful Hints for a Smooth Application Process

  • Include your UT EID and full name on any document you submit to the Graduate School or the Butler School of Music.
  • Use MyStatus to track the receipt of credentials sent to the Graduate and International Admissions Center. You will need your UT EID and password to access this service. You will not be able to check the status of your admission file prior to submitting the ApplyTexas online application and receiving the acknowledgement email with your UT EID and temporary password. Check your application status regularly.
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