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Graduate Students

The University of Nevada, Reno Department of Music is proud to announce the acceptance of applications to its brand new Doctor of Musical Arts Degree Program beginning Fall 2020! In addition to doctoral degrees in instrumental and vocal performance and conducting, the Department of Music offers ample opportunities to pursue masters degrees in all areas from Conducting to Musicology, 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 stipends equal anywhere from $8000 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 February 1st, but a limited amount of late applications are accepted into mid-March. For more information, get in touch with the lead faculty in your area 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!

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If uncertain, contact Dr. Louis Niebur - Graduate Advisor

Louis Niebur, Ph.D.
Graduate Student Advisor
(775) 784-4061

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:

The deadline for returning students is December 1, 2019. The deadline for new undergraduate, transfer, and graduate students is February 1, 2020.

Mail to:

University of Nevada, Reno
Department of Music Scholarships / 0226
Reno, NV 89557-0226

Important Notice

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 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.