Prospective Graduate Students

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Deadlines   How to Apply   How to Submit Materials   Contact Us

The University of Colorado Boulder offers graduate programs in music performance, pedagogy, theory, education, musicology, composition and conducting. Our renowned faculty will guide you through the Master of Music, Master of Education, Doctor of Musical Arts or Doctor of Philosophy in Music degrees or professional certificate programs, while a variety of ensembles are available for honing performance skills. You’re encouraged to plan a visit to the College of Music; please contact the department you’re interested in to schedule a time.

There are multiple steps in the application process which you must complete, with the majority of them completed with the on-line application. If you have any application questions, please email us.

Note: The college offers financial aid, in the form of scholarships and teaching assistantships, in many areas. 


Fall Admission

  • Deadline for all applicants to return completed application along with supplemental materials: December 1

Spring Admission

  • Deadline for application and all requested materials: October 1 (Music Education only)

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How to Apply

Step One: Review all university graduate admission requirements. 

Step Two: Submit your University of Colorado Boulder application through you MyCUBoulder account. You will be required to submit four letters of recommendation online as well.

  • Master’s must submit at least one letter of recommendation from an academic (e.g. music theory, music history, music education) faculty member.

  • DMA/PhD applicants must submit at least one letter of recommendation from an academic (e.g. music theory, music history, music education) faculty member; one letter of recommendation in reference to your teaching and no more than two letters of recommendation from applied/performance faculty members.

Note: See below for information on how to submit materials.

Step Three: Submit supplemental admission information

  • Some degrees require writing samples, which must be mailed directly to the Graduate Studies Office (address below).

  • Some degrees require a pre-screening recorded audition. All pre-screening material must be submitted via Acceptd.

Step Four: Take the GRE

  • Deadline to report GRE scores directly to the Office of Admissions is December 1

  • GRE is required for PhD and MM Theory applicants.

  • MME applicants are strongly advised to submit GRE scores, particularly if they desire to be considered for graduate assistantships. MME applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 must sbumit GRE scores to be considered for admission.

  • The University of Colorado Boulder GRE code is 4841 and the College of Music GRE code is 2404

Step Five: Schedule your audition and interview

  • Once you’ve submitted all the above materials, you must request an audition. Send an email to including your full name, degree and program applying for, mailing address and phone number. You will be contacted once it has been verified that your application has been received.
  • Review the audition requirements for your specific area of study.

Note: International students have further requirements for admission. 

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How to Submit Materials

The following items must be submitted online:

  • Application
    • Four Letters of Recommendation
    • Personal Statement
  • Pre-screening and/or recorded auditions
  • Scores and recordings of original compositions
  • For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. We require one copy of the scanned transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed. Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university. Follow the instructions for submitting an unofficial transcript here. ONLY after you are recommended for admission will you need to provide official transcripts.

The following information must be mailed to the Admissions Office at the addresses listed below:

  • Writing samples (All DMA and PhD applicants and MM Theory applicants) - Applicants are encouraged to submit an electronic copy to in addition to the paper copy
  • Letters of recommendations & recommendation form (ONLY if recommender is unable to submit online)

Domestic applicants
Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Building RL3
Suite A122
Boulder, CO 80303-1058

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Contact Us

University of Colorado Boulder
College of Music
Graduate Studies Office
301 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0301
Fill out the information request form

Imig Music Building, Room C109
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 am–5 pm (closed noon-1pm)
Summer Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30 am–4:30 pm (closed noon-1pm)

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