Leaves & Withdrawals

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A "limited leave of absence" may be requested for professional engagements or sudden medical, family or personal situations through the Office of the Provost.

Limited Leave of Absence

It is sometimes necessary for a student to be away from Manhattan School of Music for a few days to perform, take an audition, or for personal reasons. A limited leave of absence generally is not granted for a period more than two weeks per semester. The leave must be approved both by each of the student’s instructors and the Office of the Provost. The student remains registered for the semester and is responsible for all missed course work, exams, and juries, and for all fees associated with that semester. In order to request a Limited Leave of Absence, please contact the Provost’s Office at

Please visit the MSM Academic Catalog to learn about Leave of Absence Policies at MSM


Students not wishing to return to the School should formally withdraw. Please contact the Dean of Students to initiate the process.  Withdrawn students are required to apply to the School for readmission if they wish to return. Information regarding reapplication to the School and auditions are available from the Office of Admission and Financial Aid.

For information regarding the financial implications of taking a leave of absence or withdrawing from the School, see Refunds in TUITION AND FEES in the academic catalog or on the Office of Student Accounts page here.

Please be advised that leaves and withdrawals may affect immigration status and/or financial aid. You should consult with those offices in advance of making your decision.




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