College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

MM Theory Application Process


To apply for the MM Theory program:

1. Complete a University of Colorado Graduate Application, available here.

2. Send GRE scores and two writing samples to Graduate Admissions (see address below). The writing samples (research papers, thesis excerpts, etc.) should demonstrate ability in critical thinking and argumentation. Ideally, at least one of the samples should involve music analysis and/or explore music-theoretic issues.The writing samples must be sent in hard copy (not electronically).

3. If your native language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is also required. The minimum score for admission is 80. Send TOEFL score to Graduate Admissions (see address below).

4. You may also submit a Theory Teaching Assistant Application, available here. An interview in person is highly recommended for those applying for a Theory Assistantship.  The interview will include sight-singing, demonstration of keyboard skills (harmonic progressions, simple keyboard textures, etc.), as well as discussion of the applicant’s theory and teaching background. The interview typically takes place after admission, at the invitation of the department; funds for travel to CU are often available for this purpose.

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is December 1.

For more information about the program, contact Daphne Leong or any of the theory faculty. For logistical questions about the application process, contact the College of Music Graduate Office.


Domestic Applicants

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

For overnight or express mail send to:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Bldg RL3
Ste A122
Boulder, CO 80303-1058

International Applicants

Office of Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065