Graduate Application Process

Graduate Application Deadlines

Fall Semester admittance: Apply to the University October 1–November 30 of the previous year. For example: to attend Fall 2016, apply October 1-November 30, 2015.

Spring Semester admittance: Apply to the University August 1-31 of the previous year. For example: to attend Spring 2017, apply August 1-31, 2016.

CSU Mentor Application Fee: A $55.00 application fee must be submitted by the application deadline. 

Fall 2017 auditions are now closed. If you missed this opportunity, please contact the department for more information.

Step 1:
All incoming graduate students must first apply to the univeristy through the CSU Mentor website. General application process and frequently asked questions can be found on the Office of Graduate Studies. 

Step 2:
Acceptance into the graduate music degree program at California State University, Los Angeles requires a performance audition. Entering graduate students who have been accepted for admission by the university should be prepared to perform for a faculty panel a 10-minute program of music drawn from the standard repertoire for the student’s instrument or voice.  A list of specific audition requirements for each area of music study can be found by selecting one of the links below. Graduate degree candidates in instrumental or vocal performance seeking admission will find audition requirements listed under the list of voice and instruments noted.

Audition Repertoire
Select the instrument or voice on which you wish to audition for a description of the graduate repertoire requirements.  Graduate candidates interested in music education with the emphasis of instrumental music do not need to audition.  Graduate candidates seeking admission to Afro-Latin or composition, please select the links below for specific audition requirements and expectations for admission to those programs.

Graduate degree candidates seeking admission to a specialized degree program below should refer to the specific graduate degree program of interest for specific audition or other pre-admission requirements.

Afro-Latin Graduate Degree Candidates

Latin Percussion
Arranging and Composition

Commercial Music Graduate Degree Candidates
Composition Graduate Degree Candidates
Conducting Graduate Degree Candidates
Music Education Graduate Degree Candidates

Step 3:
After reviewing the audition repertoire and requirements, all incoming graduate students must schedule an audition (if it applies to you) by completing the online Music Application. Auditions are held yearly and audition dates will be announced on our homepage. International students can submit audition videos online or mail in physical copies.

Step 4:
Schedule an audition by clicking the "Book Appointment" icon below.

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