Music: Additional Application Information

Mills College is preparing to merge with Northeastern University, and we are not accepting admissions applications at this time. Please visit our merger website for the most current information on the merger process.

In addition to the general graduate application requirements, here are a few more items you'll need to complete your Mills admission application.

Note: If you’re an international student who is interested in applying to Mills, please visit our application requirements for international graduate students page first.

All Master's Programs


As part of the admission application, you must upload a digital portfolio or writing sample to the portfolio section of the Mills graduate application. Follow the guidelines for the appropriate degree program below:

MFA in Performance & Literature Only


All music students who hope to pursue our MFA in performance and literature are required to audition. In-person auditions on the Mills campus are preferred, but you can also upload a recorded audition in the portfolio section of the Mills graduate application. Please clearly label the file as your audition video.

To schedule a live audition, email the Mills Music Department Administrator at Here are the audition guidelines for the two specializations available in the MFA program:

Questions? Contact Us.

If you have any questions about your program, please reach out to us at 510.430.3309 or to connect with your admission counselor.

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