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Graduate Students and International Students

Welcome to the CSUN Music Department!

We are so pleased that you have chosen CSUN for your college audition. The application process is an easy one and what follows is some general information to get you started. Please read everything below before starting your music audition application. Also, be sure you have you CSUN student ID ready as you will be asked to include that in your application.
Our "Start an Application" process on the left panel of this page will allow you to select your specific option area and your audition instrument. Be sure to look at all the options carefully before making your selection. We've also listed the options below for you. After selecting your option area and instrument you will move on to filling in your basic contact information. 

In preparation for starting the application, please have your CSUN student ID number ready. The drop-down menus will have you select your major area and your audition instrument. After choosing one of the following areas you will select your program. The program will show the option area plus the instrument you plan to audition on. Here are our option areas:

Undergraduate Students
Performance (Classical)
Jazz Studies
Commercial / Media Composition
Music Education
Music Therapy 
Music Industry

Graduate Students
Performance (Classical)
Jazz Performance
Orchestral Conducting
Wind Conducting 
Choral Conducting

Here is some important information to help you in planning ahead:


Auditions will be held live on campus on February 10, February 24 and March 2. We would love to hear you live but also offer the opportunity for you to submit a video audition submission. The video audition submission deadline will be Feburary 17th. 

JAZZ PERFORMANCE STUDENTS: you will have a pre-screening video due by JANUARY 15th. Students who pass the video submission round will be notified by January 31st and be asked to schedule a live audition on one of our on-campus audition dates.

The regular deadline for freshman and transfer students is JANUARY 31st.


Our campus is located in beautiful southern California in the northwest corner of Los Angeles County right in the heart of the arts and entertainment industry. There are nearly 40,000 students on campus and approximately 500 music majors in many different option areas. We pride ourselves on having one of the most diverse campuses in the nation and being in such a diverse environment gives our students a real sense of community. CSUN has many prominent music alumni in nearly all professions of music. Our world-class faculty is here to help you reach your goals in the music world and we sincerely care about every student.

A few important notes:

The CSUN Music Department does NOT offer a Minor in Music.

Students who hold a Bachelor's degree cannot apply for a second Bachelor's degree at CSUN.

Students who already hold a master's degree in music will NOT be able to receive a second masters from CSUN at this time.

THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR CONSIDERING CSUN. If you have questions about our department, please visit our website at Also, please consider adding csunmusic on instagram where you can also follow individual areas via our link tree.
For questions, please contact