Applying for a Graduate Program in Music
The Department of Music offers ample opportunities to pursue Graduate degrees with masters degrees in all areas, from Conducting to Musicology, Composition to Performance. The Department is also looking forward to the introduction of its Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the Fall of 2019, and encourages interested students to contact the faculty in the area of their interest.
The Department of Music faculty are actively recruiting in-state and out-of-state students, offering a wide range of Graduate Teaching Assistantships and other financial incentives to its graduate students. A typical Graduate Teaching Assistantship is calculated at 25% load, which amounts to ten hours of work per week and it includes 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 the stipend for 25% load equalled $4.000 per fall and spring semester, distributed in monthly paychecks throughout the course of the semester. Since the number of positions is limited and the offers are competitive, the applicants are encouraged to apply early. The deadline for University applications is February 1st, but a limited amount of late applications is accepted into mid-March. Get in touch with the Department today!
Follow these important steps to apply:
Admission and Audition Preparation
Find out the particular admission and audition requirements for your program from faculty in your area. Get in touch!
If uncertain, contact Dr. Louis Niebur - Graduate Advisor
Get Your NSHE ID
Apply to the Graduate School, including 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 e-mailed to you.
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What is a NSHE ID?
The NSHE ID is a system-wide ID issued to students applying to the Nevada System of Higher Education. Once you apply, the NSHE ID is sent to you by email or postal letter, or both. You will use your NSHE ID to access the MyNEVADA Web site for accessing information and tools for your enrollment. You need this ID to be considered for scholarships and financial aid from the Departmenty of Music.
Download, fill out, and mail the scholarship application form:
University of Nevada, Reno
Department of Music Scholarships / 0226
Reno, NV 89557-0226
To be considered for any institutional scholarship, including Department of Music scholarships, all students must complete the Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarship Application in MyNEVADA. Select Student Center, Supplemental Forms, then Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarship Application. The deadline for this is February 1 annually.
To be eligible for consideration for scholarships which require or prefer financial need, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov and include federal school code 002568-00; University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV. This must be done between October 1 and February 1 annually. Students not eligible to complete the FAFSA (such as international students or students with DACA status), may complete the Institutional Methodology for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students Form and submit it between October 1 and February 1 annually.
The Department of Music accepts music scholarship applications from incoming freshman, transfer students, continuing students, and graduate students . To be eligible for consideration, students must apply for admission to the University (including submission of official transcripts and, for new first year students, official ACT or SAT test scores) prior to application for any departmental scholarship.
- Master of Arts in Music History/Musicology
- Master of Music
- Master of Music in Music Education