Deadlines

Fall 2020 Admission

December 1, 2019 – materials received deadline

This deadline applies to all applicants, including Freshman, Transfers, and Graduates. Exception: The only programs with different application deadlines are Arts Leadership (May 1, 2020 final application deadline) and all Thornton minors (October 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020).

Important note: this is a “MATERIALS RECEIVED” deadline (not a postmark deadline). All required materials (including standardized test scores such as GRE and TOEFL) must be received by this date in order to be given full consideration. Also, please note that late applications cannot be considered for admission to a Thornton program, and USC is not able to refund application fees.

Spring 2020 Admission

October 1, 2019 – materials received deadline

Important note: this is a “MATERIALS RECEIVED” deadline (not a postmark deadline). All required materials (including standardized test scores such as GRE and TOEFL) must be received by this date in order to be given full consideration.

Graduate applicants should carefully note that the following programs do not accept applications for spring semester entrance:

  • All DMA Programs
  • Artist Diploma
  • Choral and Sacred Music
  • Composition
  • Contemporary Teaching Practice
  • Early Music
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Industry
  • Musicology
  • Screen Scoring
  • Strings

Undergraduate applications are not accepted for spring entrance, except when the applicant is a current USC student.

Current USC Students

USC undergraduates wishing to change their major to music in the fall semester of 2019 must submit all required application materials to the Thornton Admission office by the same deadline of December 1, 2019. For spring semester 2020 admission, the deadline is October 1, 2019.

The following undergraduate programs do not accept applications for spring semester entrance:

  • Choral Music
  • Composition
  • Jazz Studies and Jazz Voice
  • Popular Music
  • Music Production
  • Strings

USC Thornton Students wishing to be considered for admission to a graduate program should follow the instructions here

Current USC undergraduate students and current USC graduate students applying to graduate programs in music must adhere to the materials received deadlines listed above.

Minors

Current USC undergraduates wishing to declare a minor in music must submit the required application to the Thornton Admission office by the following deadlines:

  • For Admission to the Spring 2020 Semester: October 1, 2019
  • For Admission to the Fall 2020 Semester: March 1, 2020