How to Apply as a Transfer Student

Please email the Undergraduate Advisor with any questions at

Application Procedure

The UCSB Department of Music admits new students in the Fall Quarter only.  Applicants must first apply for admission to the University of California either as a freshman or as a transfer student.  The UC application filing period is November 1st - 30th for enrollment in September of the following year.  For more information on UC eligibility, please visit the University of California website.
This section is for transfer applicants from outside of UCSB who are seeking admission to UCSB and the Bachelor of Music major with Upper-Division (Junior) standing.

Step one

  • Complete the UCSB Undergraduate Application between November 1 - 30. The application fee is $70.
  • Please note that applicants are permitted to apply simultaneously to both the Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies and the Bachelor of Music with a specific instrumental or vocal emphasis. The BM program must be selected as the first-choice major on the UCSB Application.

Step two

  • Complete the UCSB Instrumental Audition Form or Vocal Audition Form. If you are auditioning for Oboe or Trumpet, please select January 21, for Strings, Clarinet or Flute, please schedule your audition on January 27. If you can not make the available date, please email for alternate arrangements. Transfer students applying to the BM composition, please see the audition requirments that you will submit via email. For any other questions, please email
  • Determine the specific Audition Requirements for your chosen program.
  • You will be notified of your audition date and time by email. For Fall 2018 applicants, audition dates will be January 21 and 27, 2018. Please do not make travel plans or purchase tickets until you have received official notification that your audition has been scheduled.

Step three