How to Apply

application process

Applying to the SJSU School of Music as a music major is a multi-step process:

  1. Apply to SJSU via CalState Apply before the application deadlines:
    1. Freshman application deadlines
    2. Transfer application deadlines
    3. Graduate application deadlines
  2. Fill out the Music Major Interest form located on the JOIN page.
  3. Respond to the email, text and phone calls you will receive from the School of Music in late December/early January about auditions.
  4. Audition for the School. On-campus audition dates vary year to year. We also accept video audition submissions, but it is recommended to participate in an on-campus audition if possible. Go to our Audition Information page to view the dates and deadlines for this academic year. Put them in your calendar now!
  5. Select "Intend to Enroll" after you receive your audition results! (Go to Next Steps Intent to Enroll website and follow the instructions)

For further information, contact the Recruitment office at or refer to the FAQs page.  You can also contact the Student Outreach and Recruitment office[BROKEN LINK] if you have more questions about applying to SJSU.


Apply to SJSU

  • Applicants must apply online for admission to San José State University.
  • About 7-10 business days after applying at Cal State Apply, you will receive an email with your nine-digit SJSU ID included.
    • This nine-digit number will be your primary university identification throughout your career at SJSU. (Make sure the spam filters on your email account are set to accept email from so you receive this email).
  • Click on the “sign in” link and enter your nine-digit SJSU ID and the password you created. Then, search for “MySJSU” in the search box. Make sure to mark MySJSU as a favorite and then click on the “MySJSU” tile to access your student center. Your MySJSU account is the primary source of information about your application. Make sure your personal information is current—your email address is critical!


Audition for the School of Music 

Once you have applied via CalState Apply, the School of Music will be notified about your application. You will then be contacted by faculty, staff or students about audition information. It is important to respond to any emails, texts or calls so we can best assist you in the audition process.

In order to be accepted as a music major, students who have applied to SJSU must complete a successful audition for the School of Music. Audition information can be found on the Entrance Audition page, and repertoire suggestions can be found on Suggested Musical Repertoire page.


Apply to SJSU

Prospective graduate students apply online through Cal State Apply.

**Please state your proposed area emphasis, and complete the personal statement.**

All required transcripts and supporting documents must be sent directly to the University.

Apply at Cal State Apply. Payment of the CSU Application Fee of $70 will be accepted by credit card or paypal only. The payment must be made in order to submit your Cal State Apply university application.



GRADUATES: Full and detailed information about the University application process can be found at Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations.

Admission to the School of Music 

The School of Music additionally requires:

  • Three letters of recommendation sent directly to the area coordinators of your area of interest.
  • An audition, submission of a portfolio of work, and/or interview (depending on the area requirements) with the applicable area coordinator.

The School of Music does not require the GRE.

Information for International Students

Detailed information about the University application process for international applicants can be found at Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations.

Three-Summer Master's Program in Music Education

Prospective students apply online to the both San José State University and the School of Music through Cal State Apply. Please state your proposed area of emphasis as music education/three summer master's, and complete the personal statement. All required transcripts and supporting documents must be sent directly to the University.

Important Notice: Further information regarding registration and course offering in the Three-Summers Master's Program in Music Education is available on the Summer Masters in Music page.