Graduate Fall Admission

This section is for all graduate applicants including current USC students applying for a USC graduate program (FALL Semester only). The total application fee is $115 ($90 for the USC Graduate Application and $25 for the SlideRoom Media/Materials upload). All required materials must be received by December 1 (Except “Arts Leadership”).

Applying to USC Thornton is a two-part process. To be considered for admission, you must submit two separate application forms:

  1. USC Application for Graduate Admission.
  2. USC Thornton SlideRoom Application Form

Your application will not be considered complete, and will therefore not be reviewed by the faculty if you do not submit both required application forms.

Applicants experiencing hardship or extenuating circumstances due to COVID-19 and/or natural disaster that may affect their ability to satisfy application requirements may contact the Thornton Office of Admission at to explore possible accommodations. Though we cannot guarantee that accommodations/exceptions will be possible, applicants are encouraged to contact the Admission Office as soon as possible to allow the maximum amount of time to consider the options.

Important notes regarding the USC Application for Graduate Admission.

Important notes regarding USC Thornton’s SlideRoom Application form:

Recordings/Materials will not be accepted via mail or email for any program. Recordings/Materials must be submitted online through SlideRoom by the December 1st deadline. Any application not complete by December 1 may be removed from consideration.

Important notes: All DMA and PhD applicants as well as Master’s applicants in Music Teaching and Learning, Community Music, and Early Music must take Thornton’s Graduate Academic Admission Examination. Details regarding Thornton’s Graduate Academic Admission Examination can be found here.

Applicants to the MS in Music Industry are strongly encouraged to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).


Special notes

If you are interested in a Teaching Assistantship, please review the available positions and follow the application instructions for your position of interest (if applicable).

International students: Visit our International Student Admission section for important information about applying as an international student.

Are you a USC Thornton student right now? If so, please see special application information for current Thornton students, here.

Questions? Feel free to contact us at or (213) 740-8986.