PhD Application & Timeline

Applicants should begin by completing and submitting the online application via The Graduate School. The PhD is administered by The Graduate School but is taught by Bienen School faculty.

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Applications for the PhD in Music are due December 1, 2019.

In addition to completing the online application form, candidates should submit/upload the following:


You should upload these materials to the online application via The Graduate School. However, if you are unable to upload the materials to the application due to a large file size or an unconventional format, send these supplemental materials to the Bienen School Office of Music Admission, Financial Aid and Graduate Services.

If you wish to link to media on your personal website or private YouTube channel, please upload these links with an explanatory document to your online application. Emailed attachments and/or emailed links to external sites will not be accepted.

Mailed materials should arrive in our office by the application deadline of December 1, 2019.

Please address all mailed materials to:

Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

Office of Music Admission, Financial Aid and Graduate Services
Attn.: PhD Application Processing
70 Arts Circle Dr. 
Evanston, IL 60208-2405