Graduate Admissions and Assistantships
Apply and audition for graduate admission
The University of Nevada, Reno Department of Music is proud to announce the acceptance of applications to its doctor of musical arts degree program. In addition to doctoral degrees in instrumental, vocal performance and conducting, the department of music offers ample opportunities to pursue master's degrees in all areas from conducting to musicology and composition to performance.
The University of Nevada, Reno offers a wide range of graduate teaching assistantships and other financial incentives to its graduate students, including insurance eligibility and in-state tuition rates. Graduate teaching assistantships range from 10-20 hour workloads per week and include a tuition reduction covering the non-resident portion of tuition for out of state students. Although each year rates vary, during the present academic year, total stipends equal anywhere from $8,000 to $19,000 and are distributed in monthly paychecks throughout the course of each semester. Since the number of positions are limited and the offers are competitive, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early. The deadline for University applications is March 1st, but a limited amount of late applications are accepted into late March. For priority consideration for scholarships and assistantships, applicants must apply by February 1st.
Apply to the Graduate School and fill out the application for University scholarships which is a part of the admission application. You will be assigned a Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) ID. This is a system-wide ID issued to students applying to schools within NSHE. Once you apply, the ID is emailed to you.
We invite you to audition to be part of our music program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Please view the requirements for the type of audition preparation needed. All prospective students are required to audition to receive acceptance into our program.
Live auditions will be held on January 21, 2023 from 11am-4pm on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. To reserve your audition slot please call the music office at 775-784-6145 after December 1, 2022. Live audition applicants must complete their Music Scholarship Application in advance of their audition on January 21, 2023.
Live audition music scholarship application
If you are unable to attend an in person audition, but wish to be considered for program admission and scholarship consideration, you may submit video links of your audition selections. After preparing your audition repertoire, and recording your videos, applicants must complete the Video Audition Submission and Music Scholarship Application by February 1, 2023.
Prospective students must also complete the General University Scholarship Application available in the supplemental forms section of MyNevada to be fully considered for any University Scholarships, including Department of Music scholarships. Applications must be signed and submitted no later than February 15, 2023.
Navigate to the general scholarship application by following the steps outlined below:
- Log into your MyNEVADA portal
- Select the 'Tasks' tile
- Select 'Supplemental Forms'
- Select 'Scholarship Application' for either graduate students or undergraduate students, depending on your anticipated academic career for the 2023-2024 school year.
- Once in the application, you can save and return to edit your responses up until the application deadline, February 15, 2023.
- After you have reviewed your responses and are ready to submit your application, type your name in the signature line and click 'submit' at the bottom of the page. Your scholarship application can only be submitted once and responses cannot be edited after submission, so make sure your application is complete and fully edited before submitting.
For questions regarding your audition repertoire selections, or desired area of study, please contact the lead faculty in your area.