The School of Music only accepts online applications using DecisionDesk, a service that manages digital media submissions and is not involved in the review or recruitment process. Applicants will be charged a $30 fee to submit a School of Music application.
To apply for admission to Portland State University, please visit the University Admissions, Registrations, & Records website for the institution's online application and more information about that admission process. All School of Music applicants must pass an Entrance Audition and be formally admitted to the University to be considered a music major. Students who are admitted to the University as a non-degree seeking student are not considered music majors.
The School of Music at Portland State University offers 9 degree options for Undergraduate and 4 degree options for Graduate students. The Bachelor of Music degrees each offer a music intensive track, while the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees each offer a broader liberal arts education. Students pursuing a degree in music education or composition are not admitted to these programs until their Junior year and must submit additional materials for review by their specific area. Graduate students can earn a Master of Music in Performance, Jazz Studies or Conducting. For educators looking for an advanced degree with more of an academic emphasis, the Master of Arts in Music or Master of Science in Music degrees are options.
School of Music Application Deadlines:
- FALL: April 15th
- WINTER: October 1st
- SPRING: December 1st
- SUMMER: January 15th
The School of Music at Portland State University requires that all potential students wishing to study in our Music programs must first pass an audition into their chosen instrumental or vocal area. You should prepare works as specified in the School of Music Entrance Audition Requirements. Recorded (audio/video) auditions are to be unedited, preferably of a live performance and can be uploaded with your online application.
For applicants wanting to audition in person, Entrance Auditions are held during finals week each term. Scholarship auditions are held the first weekend in February. To be considered for a scholarship award or a Graduate Teaching Assistantship you must have all your application materials submitted (including an uploaded audition or an audition scheduled for scholarship weekend). Scholarships are awarded for both performance and academic ability and range from $500 to full tuition.