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Thank you for your interest in the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin! The Butler School offers masters and doctoral programs in composition, conducting, music theory, musicology/ethnomusicology, music performance, and Music & Human Learning, as well as a non-degree Artist Diploma program in intensive instrumental or operatic performance.
Applying to UT Austin as a graduate music major is a two-part process. In addition to completing an application to the Graduate School, all prospective music majors are required to submit a second application directly to the Butler School. All applicants must submit transcripts, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a resume/CV. Many programs require additional materials, such as prescreening videos, teaching samples, writing samples, or composition portfolios.
The Butler School does not accept new applications for spring or summer enrollment.
To apply for graduate admission to UT Austin and the Butler School of Music:
- Complete an application for admission to UT Austin by December 1. Submit your university application fee and transcript(s) with this application. The ApplyTexas application must be submitted before the Butler School of Music application.
- Through Acceptd, complete an application to the Butler School of Music and upload any media items required for your area of interest by December 8. Please visit and review the Butler School of Music website for detailed admission information and requirements for your area of interest before beginning the music application.
For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.
We look forward to reviewing your application!