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About this Program


Juilliard’s Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree program, known as the C.V. Starr Doctoral Program, is the most advanced course of study offered at The School. It is designed for gifted and accomplished musicians who also possess a broad range of knowledge about music, a keen intellect, a natural curiosity for a wide variety of disciplines, and the potential for pursuing high level performance, scholarly, and teaching careers.

A generous endowment grant from the C.V. Starr Foundation allows candidates accepted into the DMA degree to pursue their resident studies on a full-tuition scholarship basis.



In order to be admitted as a DMA student, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree and a master's degree or their equivalents by the time you enroll
  • Prior artistic training
  • English language fluency

You are ineligible to apply to this program if you have already earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in the same major from another institution.

If you apply to this degree program and are denied admission, you can apply again. After two unsuccessful attempts, you are no longer eligible to apply.

Academic Requirements

The Juilliard School requires no specific courses, GPAs, standardized test scores, or class rankings for entry to this program. 

However, we will carefully evaluate your academic record and required essay to make sure you have the scholastic competence necessary to succeed in doctoral-level coursework. 

There are additional requirements for:

Criteria for Acceptance

  • Exceptional talent as a performer, and the potential to meet Juilliard's technical standards
  • A high level and quality of training and musicianship
  • A capacity for sustained, disciplined practice
  • The personal maturity and generosity of spirit essential for ensemble work
  • Broad and thoughtful interest in the world of music, including its historical traditions and contemporary trends
  • A clear dedication to artistic excellence and a desire to exercise artistic leadership 

Application Timeline

Application Timeline

Online Application with Artistic Resume, Essay(s) and Introduction Video  December 1
Application Fee ($USD) or Fee Waiver December 1
Proof of English Language Proficiency Official Test Scores as part of prescreening December 1
Recommender Information December 1
Recommendation(s) Received  December 15
Request for ADA audition accommodations December 15
Official Transcripts January 15 
Dossier February 16
Scholarship / Financial Aid Application March 1

*Official Transcripts,  Dossier*, and Scholarship / Financial Aid Application required only after an invitation to an in-person audition is received.

Audition Date(s)
See "Audition Dates" Page


Application Results

You will receive notification of your admission status (admit, wait list, or deny) through your application status page no later than April 1, if all required application materials have been received.

Application Fee & Waivers

Application Fee

The $110 application fee is nonrefundable and must be paid through your application status page upon submission of your application. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received.

Fee Waivers

The inability to pay a college application fee should never be a barrier to applying to The Juilliard School.

Fee waiver requests are available for students who demonstrate significant financial need by uploading of one of the following to the application:

  • If you are independent, copies of prior year tax forms
  • A letter on school stationery from your current college's Financial Aid Office stating that you have financial need of a fee waiver
  • A personal letter describing your financial situation

Fee waiver requests will be evaluated after you have submitted a complete application. If you are requesting a fee waiver, please submit your application (including fee waiver documentation) but do not pay the application fee.

How to Upload

Fee waiver documentation must be uploaded directly within the online application and submitted by the appropriate deadline. Documents must be in either .doc or .pdf format. (Convert your file to another format if scanning your document as a jpg.)

Fee waiver requests are processed on an ongoing basis. There will be an application fee payment due on your application status page until either your request is approved or denied. You will receive an email with the results of your request as soon as it is processed.

If your request for a fee waiver is denied, you will be required to pay the application fee by the deadline. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received. 

Your Application Materials

Your Online Application

Your application must be submitted online by the appropriate deadline. To begin, create your Juilliard Admissions Account, gather all of the required application materials, and follow the instructions to complete your application.

Start your online application

Your Resume

An artistic resume must be uploaded as part of the online application. The purpose of submitting a résumé is to provide the Admissions Committee with a document that quickly sums up your background and accomplishments. The résumé should contain lists, not full prose paragraphs such as in a program bio. The elements to include in your résumé are as follows: 

  • Your name and major (violin, jazz trumpet, soprano, etc.)
  • Your contact information (including address, phone, and email)
  • Education: Where you studied, degree or diploma earned (or to be earned)
  • Teachers: Particularly for classical instrumentalists and vocalists, listing your most recent teachers and the dates when you studied with them is important information for the Committee
  • Master classes where you performed: List teacher and date (for example, June 2020)
  • Ensemble experience: Youth orchestras, choirs, jazz bands, etc.
  • Competitions and awards: Include dates
  • Performances: If including orchestral performances, only include those if you were the soloist; otherwise list recitals and chamber music performances
  • Other experience: If you have done volunteer work, held a job, etc., those can be listed here 

You do not have to use these exact categories in this exact order. Use what is logical for your background, but make sure to put your name at the top of the document, and include your education and your teachers. DO NOT SUBMIT A PROGRAM BIO. It is not useful for purposes of applying to Juilliard.

Your Dossier

A dossier is defined as a collection of files and materials on the same subject. For musicians, this is a combination of performance and biographical materials that can be used for promotional and professional uses and is similar to an Electronic Press Kit.

Your dossier should include the following, as appropriate: 

  • a program bio
    • A program bio can include your background information, performance and education experience, career highlights and achievements, and any additional descriptions about your musical style.
  • a representative repertoire list from the past two years, including examples of important works from the contemporary literature
    • The representative repertoire list should include the pieces you have performed within the last two years, along with contemporary and classical literature in your repertory.
  • press clippings/reviews
    • As part of the dossier, you may include press clippings or reviews from any performances or recordings that received media coverage. This can include quotes from an album review, a venue, or a musician you’ve collaborated with, as well as any additional articles discussing your performance or work.
  • a list of recordings
    • The list of recordings may include any pieces that you have professionally recorded.
  • a link to your website 
  • a press kit
    • The press kit can include the above materials listed, along with any additional promotional materials that you have that are related to your music career.

All of the required materials for the dossier should be combined into one PDF file and uploaded to your application status page by February 16. Please note that you will not be able to upload the dossier until you have received an official audition invitation.

Your Essay(s)

Juilliard’s Admissions Committee uses your essay(s) to learn more about you as an individual and gain a sense of who you are beyond your application, transcript, and audition.


Essay Requirements

  • 1–2 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font
  • written in English (not translated from another language)
  • must be your own original work
  • submitted within the online application


You must provide an essay on both of the following topics:

  1. Many artists experience a moment that crystallizes their career goals. Describe what that moment was for you. Give us specific details about the setting, about what you were doing at the time, and about how that moment continues to affect your actions to this day.
  2. Explain your motivation for pursuing the D.M.A. degree and how your experience in the doctoral program will be relevant to your performing and/or academic career.


Additional Essay Requirements
Additional essays are required for:


Optional Essay
Should you have a personal or academic circumstance to share that you feel can provide context for a particular point on your resume - for example, a gap year, unusually low grades in a semester or year, etc. - you have the option to submit an additional short essay.

Your Introduction Video

A one-minute video uploaded to the application in which you record yourself giving the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your major (i.e. flute, composition, organ). Voice applicants: please include your voice type
  • Your current music teacher
  • Your current school and grade level
  • One fact that you want the faculty to know about you that they cannot learn from your application materials

To record your video, navigate to the "Music Introduction Video" tab in your application. There you will find instructions for starting the recording. Because the video will be recorded directly from the application, not uploaded as a video file, we recommend allowing yourself ample time to prepare and test your recording in the application module. You can record and save your video at any time before submitting your application, and can delete and re-record your video as needed prior to submission. You will need to use a computer (any type) or cell phone (Android only) with a webcam and a browser that supports media recording (Chrome and Firefox). At this time, video recording is not supported on iPhones or iPads. If you have any trouble with the video recording module, please call or email the Office of Admissions.

Your Transcripts

Transcripts are an important component of the decision process. They help us determine if you have sufficient scholastic competence to succeed in coursework at the level for which you are applying. The transcript requirement will be placed on your checklist with a clear deadline at an appropriate point in the application process. DO NOT SEND YOUR TRANSCRIPT UNTIL YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SEND IT.


Official versus Unofficial Transcripts

  • An official transcript is one that is sent from your school directly to Juilliard.
    • To avoid the possibility of fraudulent transcripts, we DO NOT accept transcripts sent via email.
    • An official transcript must show courses taken and grades earned.
  • An unofficial transcript is one that you (the applicant) send to us or upload to your application.
    • Because the transcript did not come from your school, it is insufficient for admission and does not fulfill the checklist requirement.


How Do I Send Juilliard My Official Transcript?

  • Follow your Registrar’s process to request a transcript sent to Juilliard.
  • In the U.S., many schools use secure electronic sending services such as Naviance, Parchment, eSCRIP-SAFE, or other system.
  • Schools outside the U.S. typically send hard copy of the official transcript to Juilliard via regular or express mail.
  • Electronic or paper?
    • Electronic sending services must use this email address: [email protected].
    • A paper record of your academic progress, including grades earned, is an acceptable alternative to an electronic transcript if it is sent in a sealed envelope directly from the issuing institution(s) to the Juilliard Office of Admissions (mailing address below).


Transcript Requirements for Students Studying Outside the US

  • Official transcripts must be sent by the by the stated deadline once the requirement is added to your checklist.
  • If your transcript is not in English, we require the transcript in its original language as well as a certified translation.
  • Your official transcript(s) must show all prior and current coursework, which must be equivalent or similar to a US high school curriculum.
  • You will be notified if an official evaluation of your transcript is required in order to verify your academic level. Companies such as SpanTran (use this link for a discounted evaluation: SpanTran Pathway - The Juilliard School)WES, or ECE can provide this service for a fee.
  • We understand that the current academic year has not ended, and that, if you are currently enrolled, you have not yet completed your program. Please submit your transcript as is by the deadline; a final transcript will be required later, if you are admitted and choose to enroll.
  • You may view the status of transcripts at any time by logging into your application account.
  • Hard copies of transcripts may be mailed to:

          Office of Admissions
          The Juilliard School
          60 Lincoln Center Plaza
          New York, NY 10023

Your Recommendations

In your application you will be required to identify two individuals who will provide your recommendations. The recommendations should address your academic and performance potential for the Doctor of Musical Arts program.

The recommendations themselves are not due until later in the application timeline. Recommenders will receive an email with a link to securely upload their letters to our application system. We will only accept recommendations received through our application system.

You may view the status of recommendations at any time by logging into your application account

Scholarship & Financial Aid Forms

This program provides a scholarship for the full cost of tuition plus a small stipend. If you are a US citizen or permanent resident, you may apply for federal student loans to assist with additional required fees and living expenses by completing the FAFSA.

Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information. 

Additional Requirements

English Language Proficiency


You are required to show proof of English language proficiency by the application deadline if your native language is not English, regardless of citizenship. The Juilliard School defines native language as the language first spoken as a child and the primary language spoken at home. 



An exemption from the ELP requirement automatically excuses an applicant from the requirement to provide proof of English language proficiency. Exemptions are determined by your answers to questions on the application form. 


You are exempt from this requirement if ALL of the following are true:* 

  1. You have attended an English language high school/secondary school for four years AND
  2. You have attended a four-year undergraduate degree at an English language institution AND
  3. You have completed or will complete a two-year master's degree at an English language institution 

*Note that this is a TOTAL of TEN years of instruction at English language institutions, including high school AND undergraduate degree studies AND master’s degree studies. 

An exemption to provide a test score as proof of English language proficiency is granted automatically if you meet the aforementioned criteria.



A waiver excuses an applicant from the requirement to provide a test score as proof of English language proficiency. Waivers are granted by Juilliard upon request of the applicant, and following a review by the School’s Director of ESL of the materials submitted by the applicant in support of their request for the waiver.

A waiver of the ELP requirement may be granted at the school’s discretion if the following criteria are met:

  1. The applicant has attended schools where the language of instruction is English for a TOTAL of EIGHT years: 2 consecutive years of high school + 4 years of bachelor’s degree study + 2 years of master’s degree study AND
  2. The applicant submits two academic papers written in English for review by our Director of ESL. The papers must have been written in the final year of the applicant’s current or most recent program of study. Each paper must be a minimum of 1200 words in length AND
  3. The applicant submits an unofficial transcript for review.

To request consideration for a waiver, follow the instructions on the application form.


Helpful tool: To see if you may qualify for an exemption or a waiver of the requirement to submit a test score as proof of English language proficiency, our online form can help you. Although this form does not grant exemptions or waivers, it can help you plan ahead should the result indicate that you need to schedule an ELP test.


Proving English Language Proficiency 

The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in admissions decisions. You must submit one of the following test types to prove your mastery of the English language. If your score falls below the minimum scores listed here, you should carefully consider whether to continue the application and audition process. We reserve the right to deny an audition based on scores that fall considerably below our minimum. 

Test Type Minimum Score
Cambridge English C1

TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition


TOEFL ITP Plus (China)


IELTS Academic Test  and IELTS Indicator




The official test results must be sent directly from the testing company and received in the Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadline.

Formerly Enrolled Juilliard Students

You are considered a former Juilliard college student if you have not been in attendance during the previous academic year.  You must submit all required application materials, in addition to the requirements below. 


As a formerly enrolled Juilliard student, you are required to submit an additional essay explaining your motivation for resuming your studies or applying to another major at Juilliard. You may choose to address academic, artistic, or professional goals that you believe could be accomplished by returning.


Transcript Requirements

  • You are required to provide official transcripts from all institutions attended after Juilliard
  • Transcripts are already on file from your time at Juilliard and do not need to be submitted


Proof of English Language Proficiency
As a formerly enrolled Juilliard student, you do not need to submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, ITP Plus).


We reserve the right to review your Juilliard enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

Currently Enrolled Juilliard Students

Online Application
You must apply if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are seeking to change majors
  • You are applying to a new program of study (changing your degree level)


Application Fee
As a currently enrolled student in the College Division, you are not required to submit an application fee as long as you submit your application by the appropriate deadline.


You are required to submit an additional essay explaining your motivation for continuing your studies at Juilliard. You may choose to address academic, artistic, or professional goals that you believe could be accomplished by remaining at Juilliard.


As a current student, you do not need to provide your official transcripts, as they are already on file.


Prescreening Requirement
Prescreening is required only if both of the following are true: 

  1. You are applying to a new major AND
  2. The major to which you are applying is prescreened 


Proof of English Language Proficiency
You do not need to submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, ITP Plus).


We reserve the right to review your Juilliard enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

Applicants with Disabilities

The Juilliard School seeks to facilitate the full participation of applicants with disabilities in the audition process. The School makes reasonable accommodations or adjustments for qualified individuals with known disabilities in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). 

Juilliard will not make pre-admissions inquiries as to whether or not a student has a disability; however, applicants with documented disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the audition process must notify the Office of Academic Support and Disability Services (OASDS) in writing by the appropriate deadline

You will be required to submit documentation of your disability to OASDS; this information will be kept strictly confidential. You must complete the following forms in order for the school to accommodate your specific needs:

  • Applicant Release of Disability Related Information Form 
  • Audition Accommodation Request Form

For more information and to access the forms please visit the Office of Academic Support and Disability Services page.

Auditioning for Juilliard

Audition Repertoire Guidelines and Resources

As part of the online application, you are required to submit your proposed audition repertoire for review and approval.

The Juilliard School is working with students, faculty, and guest artists to embrace and build a more representative world of classical music. When you have an elective choice, we encourage you to include a work in your audition repertoire by a composer from historically underrepresented gender, racial, ethnic, and cultural heritages. We are happy to recommend the following resources that expand our knowledge of a wider breadth of repertoire:

Should you need to update your repertoire after you submit your online application, you can do so by submitting a form on your application status page.

  • Insufficient or incomplete audition repertoire may affect consideration for admission
  • Where specific works are required, substitutions are not allowed
  • Audition requirements which state a complete piece or work are indicating all movements must be prepared

You should first consult with your private teacher to determine the suitability of your proposed repertoire. If there is any concern regarding the appropriateness of a particular piece, submit your questions through this form

In-Person Audition Scheduling

After your application and fee have been processed, you will be scheduled for an in-person audition. 

Auditions are scheduled based on a combination of the following:

  • Your ordered teacher preferences (if applicable)
  • Your  audition day request (in cases of multiple audition days)

Important things to know about your audition:

  • You will receive an email confirming your audition date and time at least one month before your audition
  • Auditions take place only at The Juilliard School in New York City. Audition day details, including practice room availability, will be sent prior to your audition.
  • Video auditions are not accepted 

In-Person Audition Repertoire

NEW: requirements for applicants applying for entry to the 2022 academic year.

  • Organ auditions will take place on The Juilliard School’s Holtkamp organ in Paul Hall. A complete list of stops and specifications can be accessed here.
  1. A major work of J. S. Bach.
  2. An organ composition by a representative Romantic composer.
  3. An organ composition by a representative 20th/21st-century composer
  4. Applicants may be asked to sight-read.


Doctor of Musical Arts Callback Interview and Exam

  • You may be invited to a required interview with members of the Doctoral Governance Committee, based on the recommendation of the audition panel.
  • DMA interview callbacks will take place on the day following the first round of auditions.
  • The DMA application process has several steps, including the audition and possible testing and interviews. You must participate in all portions of the audition process in order to be considered for admission.
  • DMA applicants must also take a written exam in music theory and music history; the exam includes exercises in harmonization and counterpoint, as well as a music history component. 
  • If you are not invited to the interview, you may reasonably conclude that you are no longer under consideration for admission.

Decisions & Enrolling


There are three possible outcomes to the audition process:


  1. The faculty recommends you to the Admissions Committee based on your potential and artistry as demonstrated in the audition.
  2. The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic record and supplemental materials in order to determine your capacity to succeed at Juilliard.
  3. The Admissions Committee makes the final determination of whom to admit based on their own evaluation, faculty recommendations, and the number of available openings in your major.
  4. The Office of Admissions releases your decision letter.


  1. The faculty recommends you to the Admissions Committee based on your potential and artistry as demonstrated in the audition.
  2. The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic record and supplemental materials in order to determine your capacity to succeed at Juilliard.
  3. You are placed on the waitlist because, although you are found admissible to the school, we have a limited number of openings.
  4. Should a place become available, the Admissions Committee evaluates the waitlist, making offers of admission as necessary.  

During the application process, there are three points at which you can be denied admission:

  1. As a result of prescreening
  2. At various points in the application and audition process
  3. Following review by the Admissions Committee 

A denial at any of these stages results in notification that you are no longer under consideration for admission.

These decisions will be posted to your application status page as noted on the timeline.