Percusson Bass Jazz at UCSBApplicants for any program must first apply for admission to the University of California either as a freshman, transfer, international, or graduate student.

Undergraduate Admissions

Students applying to UCSB as a Bachelor of Music (BM) major are required to successfully perform an entrance audition.

Students interested in a Bachelor of Art (BA) or a Minor do not need to send in additional information to the music department during their application phase. Prospective students may apply to UCSB with the BA in Music Studies (emphasis optional) as their first choice major and, if admitted, will attend the university in the Fall as major. Students interested in minoring in music can declare their minor once they arrive at UCSB in the Fall by visiting the Undergraduate Advisor in Music Room 1314.

For additional information, choose either Freshman or Transfer Admissions from the menu on the left.

Application Deadlines

Please note that applying to UCSB and auditioning for eligibility for the Bachelor of Music are separate processes. The deadline for Undergraduate Applications to the UC is November 30.  Audition Forms should be submitted no later than December 15. Please contact for late audition requests.

Graduate Admissions

Graduate students may pursue advanced degrees in music scholarship and performance. We offer a Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Composition, Ethnomusicology, Musicology, and Theory. In addition, we offer a Master of Music (MM) in Piano Accompanying, Woodwinds and Brass, Choral Conducting, Keyboard, Strings, and Voice. A Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) is offered in Choral Conducting, Keyboard, Strings, Horn, and Voice. A PhD is offered with optional emphases in European Medieval Studies and Feminist Studies. Graduate students work closely with faculty members in their specific area of expertise. The UCSB Department of Music supports and encourages students who wish to do graduate-level work in both performance and academic areas. Students may either pursue multiple degree objectives, or combine high-level course work or performance opportunities with the degree program of their choice.UCSB Opera Voice and Orchestra

Application Deadlines

The deadline for all applications, supplemental materials, and test scores is January 15 for admission to Fall quarter. The deadline has been extended to April 1 in past years.  Some prescreen materials for performace applications are due earlier.  Please review the Graduate Admissions page for more detailed information.