Graduate Music Requirements & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

The priority deadline for spring 2015 is October 15th, and fall 2015 is January 15th. Please note that due to the additional application requirements, international applicants must submit all application materials by October 1 for spring admission and December 15th for priority fall admission.

Applications are reviewed when all supporting materials have been received, and official notification of an admission decision is sent in writing from the Office of Graduate Admission. Most programs review applications on a rolling admission basis after the priority deadline.

Required Materials

All applicants to the graduate degree and certificate programs at Mills College are required to submit the following:

Graduate Application for Admission: Complete all sections of the application as indicated.

Music Supplemental Application: Music students are required to submit a supplemental application for admission. Please ensure to read through the music supplemental application for the additional program-specific application requirements.

Application Fee of $50: Payable to Mills College by check or money order, drawn on a U.S. bank. Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted for online application submission. Cash is not accepted.

Official Transcripts: One official transcript with grades from each post-secondary institution attended toward receipt of bachelor's degree should be sent directly by each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission.

Please Note:
Admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate study at Mills College is contingent upon the possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. If you are still completing your degree at the time of application, send official transcripts showing work completed and in progress.

Immediately upon completion of the baccalaureate degree requirements, it is your responsibility to send a final transcript with the degree posted to our office.

Three Letters of Recommendation: Special recommendation forms are provided on the application page or can be sent as part of the online application.
Note: Current Mills College students are only required to submit one letter of recommendation.

Special Admission Requirements

In addition to the regular graduate admission requirements, including the Music Supplemental Application, all applicants to the graduate programs in music are required to submit program-specific essay responses and a portfolio of their work (or, for performers, an audition) via  Detailed information about these program-specific portfolio requirements are included on the Music Supplemental Application.
Note: If any of the application materials are considered insufficient by the Music Department, the applicant may be admitted as a graduate student-at-large. In such cases, upon completion of the equivalent of one semester's full course load, the student's advisor and instructors will evaluate the student's progress to determine whether the student will be admitted to degree status, given an additional semester to make up deficiencies, or asked to withdraw from the graduate program.

International students should be aware of the Special Information for International Students section which outlines additional admission requirements.

If you have any questions about admission requirements, deadlines, or applying to Mills, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 510.430.3309 or

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Last Updated: 7/2/14