Graduate Performance Diploma

Requirements and Deadlines

  Spring Admission* Regular Decision Late Admission
Application and Fees Nov. 1 Dec. 1 May 1
Assistantship Application** N/A Dec. 1 N/A
Pre-Screen Materials Nov. 1 Dec. 1 May 1
English Language Scores Nov. 1 Feb. 1 May 1
FAFSA Nov. 15 Feb. 15 Apr. 1
CSS Profile Nov. 15 Jan. 15 Apr. 1
Transcripts Nov. 1 Feb. 1 May 1
Recommendation Letters Nov. 1 Feb. 1 May 1
Required Exams TBD TBD TBD
Recorded Auditions Dec. 3 Feb. 1 May 10
Live Auditions Ad-hoc Feb. 10-11, 18-23 mid-May
Decision Release Rolling Apr. 1 Jun. 1
Enrollment Deadline Rolling Apr. 15 Jun. 5
*Spring Admission is available for certain majors only

Please note: Any GPD student who has completed a previous degree at Peabody will have scholarship or assistantship funds available for one year of study only. All other applicants will be eligible for two years of scholarship or assistantship support. The GPD program is not eligible for participation in Federal financial aid programs.

Additional Required Application Materials

Once you have started your application, you can save your progress and return to your application at any time.

When you have completed your application, you will be able to review and submit it before paying the application fee of $120. Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed or scheduled for an audition/interview unless we have receive the application fee. If you feel that you qualify for an application fee waiver, please email [email protected] with your request.

After submission you will not be able to make changes to the application itself, but you will be able to edit your portfolio through your application status portal.

Recommendation Letters

You will be asked to submit email addresses for three people who can speak to your performance ability. These people will automatically be emailed with instructions on how to electronically submit their recommendation. While you must submit these email addresses by the application submission deadline, your recommenders will have until the posted deadlines to submit their recommendations.

If you want to change your recommender or their email address after submitting your application, please contact the admissions office at [email protected].

Teacher Preference – Performance areas

You are strongly encouraged to list studio teacher preferences on your application if applicable. These preferences have no bearing on the consideration for your admission to Peabody and are not shared with the faculty prior to your audition.

Studios can fill up quickly, especially in the larger departments, so we recommend listing 2 to 3 different faculty choices for areas of study that have multiple studio faculty. If you have any questions about teacher assignments, please contact the admissions office at [email protected].

Biographies are listed alphabetically here, or you can find their information on the department’s specific page under Area of Study. More information can be found on our FAQ page.

English Proficiency

  • International applicants for all programs must submit a verified TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score by the deadlines below.
    • We do not accept the Duolingo English Test. We are now accepting the TOEFL iBT Home Edition if Covid-19 policies in your home country have prevented you from taking the TOEFL at a test center.
  • International students currently studying at an institution where English is the primary language, or in the US, should submit a TOEFL/IELTS score if their period of enrollment in that school is less than two years.
    • Students enrolled for two years or longer at a school in which English is the primary language should submit a transcript from this school and do not need to submit an English proficiency test score.
  • Test scores will be self-reported on the application but verified test scores must be submitted to Peabody through their respective testing agencies by the deadlines below. Peabody’s TOEFL School Code is 5532.
  • Minimum score requirements: TOEFL – 79, IELTS – 6.5 overall band score.
    • We do not accept the TOEFL “My Best Scores”.

If we do not have an official score by the posted deadlines, your application will be considered incomplete and we will be unable to make an admission decision.


Please scan and upload your transcripts from all schools you have attended to our application.

  • These transcripts may be an official or unofficial copy.
  • Please include classes that are in progress for which you have not yet received grades.
  • We will not accept hard copy transcripts during the application process. Transcripts must be uploaded to your application.
  • If you are accepted and choose to enroll at Peabody, you must request that your school send a hard copy of your official final transcript before orientation. Without an official final transcript, you will be unable to enroll in classes at Peabody.
  • International applicants are required to upload an official English translation of all transcripts.

Repertoire List

Upload a representative list of the repertoire you have studied in your major instrument or area. Composition applicants should list your own works with instrumentation. Please indicate any repertoire performed in public with an asterisk (*). Piano or Voice applicants must upload a complete repertoire list.


Upload a copy of your resume.

Financial Aid

All applicants who complete an audition/interview are automatically considered for Peabody’s merit-based scholarships. Applicants to diploma programs (including GPD) are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Required Exams

Exams are required for the following Graduate Assistantship (GA) applicants, to be completed prior to your audition/interview. You will receive notice and instructions via email if you have required exams to complete. GA applicants will only be scheduled for a GA interview if they meet the minimum test score requirements to qualify for said interview.

  • Graduate Assistant and DMA Theory Test (GADMA)
    • Music Theory Graduate Assistantship (GA) applicants
  • Ear Training Placement Exam
    • Conducting applicants
    • Music Theory GA applicants
    • Ear Training GA applicants
    • Keyboard Studies GA applicants


What to expect during your audition/interview:

  • Audition requirements can be found here.
  • The audition/interview typically lasts about 7-20 minutes, depending on your area. Artist Diploma auditions may be longer.
  • Accompanists are provided for voice auditions held at Peabody ONLY. Accompanists are not required for other majors, but you may bring one if you wish.

Asia Regional auditions are available to instrumental applicants only.