The award process for prospective graduate students is unique to the school of music. Your awards will be issued in phases that combine together to form your total award package.

Performance Award

Award Phase 1:
These awards are based on the performance merits of your audition as well as academic history and typically range from 20-50% tuition coverage. Performance Award offers are made at the time of acceptance. Award recipients are expected to perform in at least two major ensembles each semester.

Graduate Assistantship

Award Phase 2:
Graduate Assistants receive tuition remission (ranging in value, up to a maximum of 100%) in exchange for academic service to the school. Assistantship positions and responsibilities range from tutoring and coaching, to assisting ensemble directors and providing administrative support. All positions are designed to connect you to unique and invaluable professional experiences working with students, faculty, and staff.

Do I need to apply for an assistantship?
Yes, all accepted graduate applicants are invited to apply for a graduate assistantship. Through the application process, you will have an opportunity to express interest and share qualifications for positions in specific areas of the school. We strongly recommend graduate applicants submit their assistantship application no later than March 15 for priority consideration.

General Requirements of all Graduate Assistants

  • Attend graduate student orientation and complete required training
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (3.0 GPA minimum)
  • Fulfill responsibilities and communicate regularly with faculty/staff supervisor
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of artistry and professionalism

Questions about deadlines and documents?

View the Graduate Admission Timeline

Did you know?

As an enrolled student, you can apply and compete for additional funding to support your education. Check out some of our recent endowed scholarship recipients. Students are also eligible to join the Gig List and be paid for performing through our Hire-a-Musician program.



If you want to learn more about scholarships, contact our Music Admissions team.

Music Admissions

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Graduate Assistantship Stories

My assistantship provides far more than scholarship support; it's a stepping stone that connects me to professional experiences.

Alex Weibel Current graduate assistant