Undergraduate Study in Music

School of Music

Academic Brochure


Music at KU

To get an exceptional education in music, start at an outstanding university with a highly rated music program. KU is one of the nation’s premier state universities, and the music program at KU ranks among the finest in America.

  • The music program at KU is a charter member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
  • KU is the only university in Kansas authorized to grant virtually every music degree.
  • KU’s excellence in music was touted in Princeton Review’s 100 Best Value Colleges.
  • The Master of Music program was ranked 12th among public institutions by U.S. News & World Report.


Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts in Music (B.A.)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.)

Academic requirements

Meet or exceed one of 3 academic requirements:

  1. ACT score of 21 or above (out-of-state students: ACT 24) or SAT score of 980 or above (out-of-state students: SAT 1090) or
  2. Complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission Curriculum with at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or
  3. Rank in the top third of your high school graduating class


Transfer requirements include a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA from any university or college, including KU.

Audition requirement

In addition to meeting academic requirements, you must pass an audition on your primary instrument or voice.


Admission deadlines

  • Fall: Feb. 1
  • Spring: Oct. 1
  • Summer: Dec. 1

Financial aid

The School of Music

The School of Music ranks among the finest in America, offering comprehensive programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. The school nurtures and advances the art of music through creation, performance, scholarly inquiry, entrepreneurship, and enhancement of the artistic skills and experiences of the university and regional cultural communities.

The Master of Music program ranks 12th among public institutions offering graduate degrees in the most recent survey by U.S. News & World Report, the only national ranking of music programs. A distinguished faculty with more than 60 members offers opportunity to study with professionals in all major areas.

The school is a major contributor to the arts community through student, faculty, and professional performances in Swarthout Recital Hall, Bales Organ Recital Hall, the Robert Baustian Theatre, and the Lied Center of Kansas.

The university

The University of Kansas is a major educational and research institution with 29,000 students and 2,400 faculty members. KU includes the main campus in Lawrence, the Medical Center in Kansas City, the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, campuses of the School of Medicine in Wichita and Salina, and educational and research facilities throughout the state.

The university has 58 nationally ranked programs and earns excellent ratings in the top college guides. For more than a decade, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has awarded KU four-star ratings in all categories ? academics, quality of living, and social life.

KU is a major comprehensive research and teaching university that serves as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor. KU is the only Kansas Board of Regents university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of 62 public and private research universities that represents excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally.

The University of Kansas is a charter member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the only institution authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents to grant doctoral degrees in music.

More information



School of Music

Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 460
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
Fax: 785-864-5387
Rita Riley, Undergraduate Studies
Leslie Jabara, Recruitment Coordinator

School of Music

Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 446
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
Fax: 785-864-5866
Robert Walzel, Dean
Martin Bergee, Associate Dean