International Graduate Applicants
Step 1: Complete the Indiana University Graduate Application
Complete the online IU Graduate Application HERE. Please note that there is a non-refundable $145 application fee, which combines both the IU graduate school fee ($65) and the music application fee ($80). Please note that the Office of International Admissions will no longer accept payment in the form of a check or money order. You must pay the application fee online via credit card or PayPal.
Arrange to have official academic records sent to the Office of International Services (step 4 below).
Step 2: Complete the Jacobs School of Music online application
Complete the online IU Jacobs School of Music application for admission (you will receive a link to this in a confirmation email that will come shortly after you complete the IU application). All applicants to the IU Jacobs School of Music must have their applications complete and received by the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions by December 1, 2016 in order to be considered for Fall 2017 admission. Applications received after that date will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on space availability.
Step 3: Letters of Recommendation
Arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted via the online Jacobs School of Music Graduate Application.
*Please Note: Applicants who are required to submit pre-screening will submit their letters of recommendation to Decision Desk.
Step 4: Send documentation to the Office of International Services
(Address: 400 East 7th Street, Rm 221, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA)
(a) Academic Records:
Submit official academic records in the original language from every postsecondary school you have attended, whether or not you obtained a degree. If the original document is not in English, also provide an official, exact (literal) English translation. Records must be issued by the registrar or record-keeping official from the institution at which the work was completed. Notarized copies of academic records are not acceptable.
(b) Documentation of Funding:
Federal regulations require students to demonstrate that they have current resources available to support themselves during their first year of study in the US in order for immigration documents (I-20) to be issued. You will be prompted to submit your documentation of funding online via the iStart system after you have applied. Please click here to see details with regard to required level of funding.
Step 5: Send required documentation to the Jacobs School of Music
Please collect the required documentation listed below and submit it to the Jacobs School of Music by December 1:
(a) TOEFL score:
All applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit an acceptable score (see TOEFL requirements) by March 1, 2017 to the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions in order to receive full consideration for Fall 2016 admission (see address at the bottom of this page). To ensure timely processing of your TOEFL score, please mail your score directly to the Jacobs School of Music (score report can also be faxed or scanned and emailed), rather than through your agency. The minimum TOEFL result required for the bachelor's and master's degree program are a paper-based score of 560, a computer-based minimum of 223, and an internet-based minimum of 84. The minimum TOEFL result for the doctoral degree program is a paper-based score of 600, a computer-based minimum of 250, and an internet-based minimum of 100. The minimum TOEFL result for the Performer/Artist Diploma is a paper-based score of 510, a computer-based minimum of 183, and an internet-based minimum of 65. There are no exceptions to these requirements.
NOTE: DM applicants in piano and voice and all graduate applicants in choral conducting who are required to submit a TOEFL score must do so by December 1, 2016.
The Jacobs School of Music is neither responsible for materials sent to another office on campus in error, nor for materials that are labeled incorrectly.
Step 6: Complete the Pre-screening, Audition, and Interview Process
Audition or interview at the Jacobs School of Music on one of the designated audition weekends. Please note that the following instrument areas and departments require pre-screening materials to be uploaded via Decision Desk:
- Jazz Percussion
- Classical Guitar
- Jazz Guitar
- Jazz Saxophone
- Jazz Voice
- Doctoral applicants in Piano
- Doctoral applicants in Woodwinds
- Doctoral applicants in Strings
- Doctoral applicants in Trombone
- Graduate applicants to Music Education
- All applicants to Music Theory
- All applicants to Musicology
- All applicants to Orchestral Conducting
- All applicants to Wind Conducting
- All applicants to Choral Conducting
All prescreening materials must be received by December 1, 2016 in order to receive consideration for Fall 2017 admission. Pre-screening materials received after that date will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on space availability. In the case of pre-screening audition recordings, please note that if received after the December 1 deadline, we reserve the right to consider your recording as a final audition, on which a final admission decision will be made. Applicants in areas where pre-screening is required will be notified if they will be invited for an on-campus audition or interview. All other applicants will be contacted regarding an on-campus audition or interview as soon as all application materials have been received and reviewed. Doctoral applicants in piano, woodwinds, strings, orchestral conducting, and wind conducting who are invited to audition on campus will be asked to come to campus on a date other than those listed below.
All Pre-screening recordings for performance areas must be submitted online. For detailed instructions click here.
Audition / Interview Dates 2016-2017:
January 13-14, 2017
February 3-4, 2017
March 3-4, 2017
For a complete listing of audition / interview requirements for individual instrument areas and departments, please see our Audition Requirements page.
In the Jacobs School of Music we operate on a rolling admission process. This means that once your applications to both the University Office of International Admissions and the Jacobs School of Music are complete, you have submitted all supplemental information, and have completed an audition / interview, an admission decision will be made and you will be notified of an admission decision from Indiana University and the Jacobs School of Music as soon as possible. You should expect a decision from us anytime between three weeks from your audition / interview date and April 1.
Accepted graduate applicants who wish to enroll in the Jacobs School of Music for Fall 2017 must submit an enrollment confirmation to the Jacobs School of Music no later than April 15, 2017.
The Jacobs School of Music audition application gives you the opportunity to express your preference for individual faculty members. Every effort will be made to honor your request based on studio availability and general balance in individual studios. While we cannot guarantee placement with any of those faculty members for whom you indicate a preference, all incoming students will be placed with a faculty member for their applied music study.
Office of Music Admissions
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
East Studio Building JS 100
1201 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7006