MM & DMA Frequently Asked Questions

Are GRE scores required for the graduate program (MM/DMA)?

GRE scores are not required to apply to the MM or DMA program.

Does Northwestern waive the TOEFL score for international applicants who have received a bachelor's degree in United States?

If English is not your native language, you will be required to submit a TOEFL score or apply for a TOEFL waiver. 

What are the TOEFL requirements/minimum scores for graduate applicants?

Master of Music: 85iBT
Doctor of Musical Arts:  95iBT

Is there financial aid available/how do I apply for financial aid?

All MM applicants offered admission are automatically considered for merit scholarships up to full tuition. In addition, graduate assistantships and work-study are available for MM students. The most an MM student can receive in financial aid is equivalent to the full cost of tuition.

All DMA applicants offered admission are automatically offered a full-tuition scholarship plus stipend, which will be renewed for the second year of coursework.

For domestic students with U.S. citizenship, we recommend completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for student loans to supplement aid provided by the Bienen School.

Is there financial aid for international students?

There is no difference in the merit-based scholarship process for international applicants. International students are ineligible to apply for federal student loans through FAFSA, however. There are some options for international students to receive a private loan, however many of them do require a U.S. citizen to act as a co-signer. More information can be found here.

How much does it cost to attend Northwestern University/Bienen?

Are there graduate assistantships?

Yes. All admitted applicants are considered for graduate assistantship positions.