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Graduate Resources

Here are a few of the things you should know and answers to frequently asked questions.

  • Save and print your graduate bulletin. It is available on the registrar’s website. This is your graduation contract with TCU. Your graduate bulletin (catalog) contains information outlining rules, regulations, graduation and your degree plan. General rules, applying to all TCU graduate students, may be found at
  • All TCU students are required to carry medical insurance. Insurance costs will automatically be added to your bill unless you submit proof of insurance to TCU Financial Services. All international students will automatically be enrolled in the student health insurance program and costs added to your financial statement.
  • It is mandatory that you fill out a student health information card and return it to the Health Center. Forms are available in your admittance packet or through the Student Health Center or graduate office.
  • In order to start receiving your assistantship (stipend) checks, take your driver’s license and social security card to career services and fill out the required PDF. Career Services is located in Jarvis Hall. International students will need to fill out the Glacier paperwork with Human Resources, in addition to filling out the PDF form in Career Services.  All incoming graduate students need to notify the graduate office in Ed Landreth 130 that these steps have been completed so that the final paperwork to activate your stipend can be completed.
  • Your degree plan is critical to receiving your diploma. Should you deviate from the degree plan for any reason, (example: a course substitution or special studies class — special problems MUSI 50970), make sure your faculty adviser advises the graduate office, in writing (course substitution form), of any change from your degree plan. This is your responsibility and is essential in processing your Intent to Graduate.
  • If you were given a tuition award, you were awarded a certain number of hours for the spring and fall semesters. Be sure to notify the graduate office if you are enrolled in more or fewer hours than your tuition award. You will be personally responsible for any financial differences.
  • Check the registrar’s calendar for the last day to add and drop courses. You will be personally responsible for any financial penalties. If you must add and drop past the deadlines, be sure and contact the graduate office to possibly avoid financial penalties. It is always the first Friday of the week classes begin.  Do not drop a class online after that Friday or you will incur substantial financial penalties.
  • File your intent to graduate form during the first two weeks of the semester in which you intend to graduate.
  • Thesis submission
    TCU library requests that a thesis or dissertation be submitted in PDF format. Instructions can be found on the TCU library site.


The College of Fine Arts guides you every step of the way to identify and accomplish your academic and career goals. Refer to these frequently asked questions to plot your degree progress and plan for graduation.

Application Deadlines for Spring 2018

DMA — December 1, 2017
Master of Music — February 15, 2018
Art and Art History — February 1, 2018
All materials need to be in by the deadline. These are not the postmark dates. Please do not staple application materials or place in binders or folders.

Apply to the College of Fine Arts Graduate Programs


Resources for Prospective Graduate Students

Application Instructions for College of Fine Arts Graduate Programs
International Student Form
International Student Financial Information Form
Instruction Sheet for International Student Financial Form
Application for Non-Degree Student

Specific Resources for School of Art 


Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Graduate Students

Where do I send my application materials?
Office of Graduate Studies
College of Fine Arts
TCU Box 297550
Fort Worth, TX 76129

Will you mail me an application?
Applications are available online.
(Link to unit’s graduate program page with application)

What is an official transcript?
In order to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed directly from the registrar’s office to the Office of Graduate Studies.
Office of Graduate Studies
College of Fine Arts
TCU Box 297550
Fort Worth, TX 76129

How many transcripts do I send?
Two official transcripts from each university you have attended must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. This includes any junior college or university where you may have taken a summer course.

If you are an international student, these will need to be translated by an official translator into English. They will need to be sent in sealed envelopes directly to the university.

How many letters of recommendation are required?

Is there a form for letters of recommendation?
Yes. It will be sent to the email you list for each person writing a letter of recommendation.

Or, you can have the person write an original letter in his/her own words and send the letter in a sealed envelope to this address:
Office of Graduate Studies
College of Fine Arts
TCU Box 297550
Fort Worth, TX 76129.
They may also fax their letter to: 817-257-5672.

Can I call and check on my application?
Give transcripts two to three weeks to arrive; then feel free to email or call and check on your application status. Email or call 817.257.7603.

Can I change who I designated to send letters of recommendation?
Three letters of recommendation are required for your application. It is your choice who sends the letters of recommendation.

Does a letter of recommendation have to come from a professor?
It is your choice who sends the letters of recommendation. (For example: you may have been out of school for an extended period of time. You may want employers or co-workers to send letters of recommendation.)

Do I need to take the GRE?
The General GRE is required for all DMA applicants. It is required for master’s degree applicants in art history, musicology, music education and music theory.

What is the minimum GRE score acceptable?
For master’s degree candidates, a combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the test is required.  On the analytical writing portion of the test, a score of four is required.

How do I sign up for the GRE?
GRE website

What is TCU’s school code for the GRE?

Are assistantships available?
If you want to be considered for an assistantship, apply early. For the fall semester, it is best to apply before Feb. 15. Apply before Nov. 1 for the spring semester. We do not have a separate application form for assistantships. Check the box on your admissions application that you wish to be considered for an assistantship.

How many hours per week do I participant in the department for an assistantship?
Most assistantships require approximately 10 hours per week.

What duties will I participate in for my assistantship?
Duties will be determined by your department chair or faculty advisor.

How is the assistantship paid?
The assistantship is paid on a bi-weekly basis. Take the amount of the assistantship and divide it by half the number of weeks in the fall and spring semesters (usually around 17 to 18). That will give you the amount of your bi-weekly check. Checks start in mid-September.

What is the graduate bulletin (catalog)?
Save and print your graduate bulletin for the year and semester you start your graduate studies program. This can be found connecting through the TCU registrar’s homepage. It is your graduation contract with TCU. Your graduate bulletin (catalog) contains information outlining rules, regulations, graduation and your degree plan.

Where can I find a place to live and how much will it cost?
Check apartment availability at the Residential Services website.
 You can learn more about off-campus living here.

Where can I find more specific graduate information for my area of study?
School of Art Graduate Information (link to page on SOA’s website)
School of Music Graduate Information

International Student Questions

English Requirements for International Applicants

In order to be considered for admission to the TCU DMA program, all international students must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language and achieve one of the following scores:

80 on the iBT TOEFL (Masters applicants)

100 on the iBT TOEFL (DMA applicants)

This requirement applies to prospective international students coming from abroad as well as those coming to TCU from another college or university in the United States. Official scores must be sent to TCU from the testing agency.

Students who have earned a degree (in music) at an English-language university may be exempted from taking the TOEFL, at the discretion of the Graduate Standards Committee.

The on-campus interview and submitted writing samples will also be used to evaluate each applicant’s English language proficiency. International students may be asked to interview via teleconference to ascertain listening and speaking ability in English. You can sign up for the TOEFL exam through their website: – TCU code: R6820

Assistantship Information

You will be responsible for student fees, student medical insurance, housing and living expenses as a graduate student. If you are given an assistantship, that will help cover the cost of student fees, housing and living expenses, but it may not cover everything. If you are awarded tuition only, it will only pay for your tuition.

For visa purposes, TCU estimates student expenses. Take the total estimate and subtract the amount of your tuition award and assistantship. The remainder is the amount that your sponsor will need to be responsible for on your financial statement.

(For example: If the estimated amount for a student to live and study on for a year is $49,300, and the TCU tuition and assistantship award is $37,000, then the student will need to prove that his family is able and willing to provide the additional $12,300. per year.) This is a necessary step in order to obtain an I-20 and ultimately a visa.

If you need more information or have additional questions, contact:

Office of Graduate Studies
130 Ed Landreth Hall
College of Fine Arts
TCU Box 297550
Fort Worth, TX 76129

Phone: 817.257.7603
Fax: 817 – 257-5672
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