College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Degrees & Admissions


CU offers the BM in Jazz Studies – a rigorous performance oriented program with a solid emphasis on academics.

The Jazz Studies Program also offers a certificate in jazz studies for undergraduate music majors. The certificate program consists of an intense 18-hour curriculum in both the academic and performance areas, concluding with a jazz recital.

In addition, jazz courses may also be selected by undergraduate music students from outside the jazz program and include such offerings as ensembles, jazz theory and aural foundations, improvisation, history of jazz, scoring and arranging, jazz piano, and jazz techniques for the music educator. For general information about undergraduate admissions, please visit the College of Music Undergraduate Admissions page.

Degree Plans
Bachelor of Music (BM) in Jazz Studies
Bachelor of Music (BM) Saxophone with Emphasis in Jazz Performance
Jazz Studies Certificate 

Audition Requirements
Undergraduate degrees


The program offers a MM in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance. Students admitted into this program will receive a rich blend of experiences in jazz performance, pedagogy, theory, and history. The jazz faculty will hear auditions by appointment or by taped audition. Students must demonstrate an advanced ability to perform in an ensemble setting, and in many styles. Note: Completed applications are due by December 1st.

The DMA in Jazz Studies was created for those aspiring to careers in university teaching and/or professional performance. For general information about graduate admissions, please visit the College of Music Graduate Admissions page.

Program Descriptions
Master of Music (MM) in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Jazz Studies

Audition Requirements
MM in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy
DMA in Jazz Studies