Graduate Admissions | LSU School of Music

Graduate Admissions


Students who wish to enroll in the LSU School of Music’s graduate program must be admissible to Louisiana State University Graduate School and successfully pass an audition with the School of Music. These two steps occur simultaneously.

Application Process

Visit the LSU Graduate School to apply online.

What you'll need:

  • Official transcripts from ALL institutions attended
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume/CV
  • Writing Sample(s)
  • International Students must submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores. These exams are waived for those international applicants who have already completed a degree (Bachelor or Masters) from an accredited university in the United States. Required scores:
      • A TOEFL score of 550 on the paper exam, 213 on the computer exam, or 79 on the internet exam, or better.
      • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
      • A minimum PTE score of 59.
      • Note: The ETS institution code for the LSU Graduate School is 6373.

Once your application is submitted to the LSU Graduate School, you may fill out the audition form for the School of Music below. For all pre-screened areas, auditions will be scheduled by invitation only. All others will be scheduled by the end of December.

Note: You do not have to be formally accepted to the Graduate School to begin the audition process. You only need to have submitted an application.

Alternative dates may be requested.  To make that request, please contact faculty directly.

Live auditions are strongly encouraged. However, applicants that are unable to audition live may submit video recorded auditions. The recording MUST be a video and submitted via Acceptd.  All recorded auditions require a $30 system fee paid through Acceptd.

Audition Application Form

View Audition / Portfolio Requirements

Submit supplementary documents, if applicable:

  • Portfolio/Compositions
  • Pre-screening recordings/videos
  • GRE scores: required for all DMA & PhD applicants, as well as all Music Theory and Musicology applicants.)

Diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history are required of all incoming graduate students, except those who received a Master’s degree from the LSU School of Music within the preceding four years and are entering a doctoral program.

More Information


Graduate Degree Programs

The LSU School of Music offers a wealth of graduate-level studies across all disciplines and levels of instruction. The information below is for planning purposes only, and does not replace student’s individual catalog and degree audit requirements upon entering the School.

 

Deadlines

To receive priority consideration for funding awards, graduate applicants should submit their application and pre-screening recordings (if applicable), by December 1.

Late pre-screenings and applications will be considered if space is available.

All pre-screening recordings MUST be a video and submitted via Acceptd.  All recorded auditions require a $30 system fee paid through Acceptd.

Applicants must complete their audition/interview by February 15. This deadline applies to both live and recorded auditions.

Auditions/interviews are scheduled based on the applicants preferred date/means as indicated on their audition form and/or by invitation.

 

Resources

LSU Graduate School

Financial Aid

LSU General Catalog

 

Contact

For more information about
graduate studies, contact:

musicadmissions@lsu.edu