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Graduate Advising: Registration Guidelines for Incoming Graduate Students
Students enrolling in their first semester can find helpful advising tips below.
If the course is a large ensemble, you will need to wait until auditions are held just before the beginning of classes. In the case of chamber ensemble courses, you will need to confer with your major professor once you arrive on campus. For other courses, you may contact the instructor by email or phone. Many of our faculty are engaged in research, performing, or traveling during the summer months and may not be immediately available, so be patient. You may need to wait and attend the first day of that class in order to receive permission to enroll in the course.
What if I cannot register for any of the music courses I would like to take?
Make sure that you have tried a first, second, and perhaps third choice. If you find that courses are full, you should see the Director of Graduate Studies during Welcome Week.
Should I contact the Director of Graduate Studies if I have questions about course requirements?
After the initial June advising period is over, further questions about course requirements will have to wait until Welcome Week when you are on campus. If you would like to contact your major professor, you may do so, but with the understanding that many of our faculty are engaged in research, performing, or traveling during the summer months and may not be immediately available.
Will courses I have taken at another institution count towards requirements at UW-Madison?
Possibly, although there is a limit of 6 credits that can be waived in any graduate program in music. A waiver must be based upon based upon previous graduate-level study, and the instructor teaching the similar course at MWSoM must review materials to determine course equivalency. Once you are on campus, any potential course waivers need to be addressed directly with the Director of Graduate Studies and the UW-Madison professor in charge of the correlative course offered on our campus. You will normally have to supply the syllabus and your written work for any of these courses, so be sure to collect all materials and bring them with you to Madison.
Do I need to enroll as a full-time student in order to receive financial aid?
If you will be supported with financial aid originating from the School of Music or College of Letters and Sciences (TA/PA/Fellow), you need to enroll full-time each semester. Full-time enrollment is 8 credits for Fellows and 6 credits for TA/PA.
What is the maximum number of credits for which I can enroll?
The UW-Madison Graduate School limits enrollment to 15 credits. Occasionally, a student needs to take more than 15 credits to meet requirements. (Examples: A vocal performance major who needs to take French 101 (4 credits), or a Musicology major who needs to take a seminar in East Asian studies that is only offered every fifth semester.) The Director of Graduate Studies must discuss this with you and must approve it using a Credit Overload Request Form, which is then reviewed for approval at the Graduate School.
Why are so many courses already full?
Because the registration period for continuing students begins before the registration period for new students, continuing students have already had a chance to enroll for courses. You may wish to revisit the registration process in a few weeks, just in case someone has withdrawn from a course, thus creating a space for you. Do not despair – you will have plenty of opportunities to meet your requirements in subsequent semesters.
Will there be space in my assigned instructor’s studio for me to enroll in my applied study?
Yes, if you have already informed us that you are attending UW-Madison in the Fall.