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 $16,000 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.
Step One: Apply to the Graduate School
Get your NSHE ID
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.
Step Two: Submit Your Audition Materials
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.
For the 2021-2022 school year only video auditions will be accepted. After preparing your audition repertoire and recording your video(s), please fill out the Department of Music Audition Form which will ask you to include links to your videos.
Step Three: Apply for a Department of Music Scholarship
The 2021-2022 Scholarship Application is no longer available. Check back on November 1, 2021 for the 2022-2023 Scholarship Application.
Step four: Contact the Lead Faculty in Your Area of Study
For questions regarding your audition repertoire selections, or desired area of study, please contact the lead faculty in your area.