The graduate music student must apply for advancement to candidacy one semester prior to the proposed graduation semester. Before the student applies for admission to candidacy, a committee of graduate music-faculty members is determined in consultation with the Chair of the Department of Music. The committee must consist of three graduate faculty members; the student's major professor and two additional graduate faculty members who have worked with the student during his or her program of study. The major professor is the faculty member who has worked most closely with the student in the major area of study.

Upon establishing the graduate faculty committee, the student must complete an Application for Admission to Candidacy. After the application is completed and signed by the student's major professor and the Chair of the Department of Music, it is forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate School for approval.  These forms are available in the Department of Music Office or the Graduate School.