A community of artists, educators and scholars, the Conservatory enrolls nearly 600 students in a comprehensive array of liberal arts and professional degree programs.

How to Apply

Please apply using the UMKC online application.

If you have already applied through the Common App, we will send you an email with instructions on how to complete the additional requirements in the UMKC application portal.

Questions about the admissions process? Call us at 816-235-2900 or send us an email

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Audition Information

All undergraduate music and dance applicants, and all graduate music and theatre applicants must audition and/or interview for admission.  Details about auditions can be found here. 


Fall 2025 application deadlines

Dec. 15, 2024 (11:59 p.m. CST) deadline

  • Most Conservatory programs

Dec. 1, 2024 (11:59 p.m. CST) deadline

  • Graduate Percussion Performance (Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, Performer's Certificate, and Artist's Certificate)
  • Graduate Saxophone Performance (Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, Performer’s Certificate, and Artist’s Certificate)
  • Graduate Trumpet Performance (Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, Performer's Certifcate, and Artist's Certificate)
  • Doctoral-level Piano Performance (Doctor of Musical Arts and Artist’s Certificate)
  • Music Composition (Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts)

New students begin in the Fall semester for most Conservatory programs. If you would like to inquire about starting in the Spring semester, please contact Conservatory Admissions.


Meet with a Conservatory Admissions representative

We offer a variety of ways to learn more about the Conservatory. 

  • Roo + Conservatory VisitsRoo + Conservatory Visits consist of an UMKC Overview with an Admissions Counselor, a walking tour of campus with an Ambassador, a general group overview of the Conservatory where you can ask academic program questions, and an optional ensemble visit See available dates/times here.
  • Personalized Visits: Simply fill out the linked form to begin the process of scheduling a personalized visit the the UMKC Conservatory. 
  • Discover UMKC WeekAn entire week of activities and info sessions to dive deeper into what it means to be a Roo! Conservatory will present a Q&A session as part of the week.
  • Fall Webcast Explore the UMKC Conservatory: featuring Admissions representatives and current students.  Available to view on demand through RooFlix.

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