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Music & Dance Admissions

Acceptance into the Music and Dance Department (as a music or dance major or music minor) requires both academic acceptance by the University and by the Department.

All undergraduate applications require an audition (music or dance). Music graduate programs involving Music Performance or Music Ed/Conducting or Applied also require an audition.

For details, please see the Dance Admissions page or the Music-Undergrad Admissions or Music-Graduate Admission pages.

Applications for admission to the University are available at the Admissions web page or by contacting the UMass Amherst Admissions Center at

UMass Amherst applications must be received by January 15 for the fall semester and October 1 for spring semester. The application deadline for transfer students for the fall semester is April 15.

The Music Department Auditions for Fall entry are held on campus on announced dates in January through March.  Students are encouraged to schedule an audition as early as possible by submitting the online Audition Request form, but must submit a University application before the audition takes place.  Auditions may take place prior to academic acceptance to the University.  Graduate programs not requiring an audition are Music History, Music Theory, and Composition.

Students who are applying for Spring semester entry or who are unable to attend one of the Departmental audition dates for Fall entry, must make a Special Arrangement audition by contacting the appropriate studio faculty directly to arrange an audition time.  Fall entry applicants pursuing this option must have their audition complete by the final Departmental audition date (usually early March) for full music scholarship consideration.

Please see the Music Faculty page for the full studio faculty listing and contact information.

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