College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in applying to the CU College of Music. 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 contact us at gradmusc@colorado.edu.

STEP 1 - Review descriptions of graduate degrees

Review descriptions of graduate degrees at www.colorado.edu/admissions/graduate/programs/music. Contact the faculty in your area of study to discuss specific programs you are interested in.

STEP 2 - Complete your application

All students must submit an application online at http://mycuboulder.colorado.edu.  Within the application, students will be prompted to submit four (4) letters of recommendation.

Master's applicants are required to submit at least one (1) letter of recommendation from an academic (e.g. music theory, music history, music education) faculty member.

DMA/PhD applicants are required to submit at least one (1) letter of recommendation from an academic (e.g. music theory, music history, music education) faculty member; one (1) letter of recommendation in reference to your teaching; and no more than two (2) letters of recommendation from applied/performance faculty members.

STEP 3 - Submit supplemental admission materials

Please visit /music/prospective-graduate-students/auditions for requirements, deadlines, and more information. All pre-screening and recorded auditions must be submitted online at www.getacceptd.com/cuboulder

STEP 4 - Take the GRE (Required for PhD and Theory applicants only; Encouraged for MME applicants)

Recent scores for the GRE General Test must be reported directly to the Office of Admissions by December 1 for Theory and PhD applicants.

The University GRE code is 4841 and the College of Music GRE code is 2404.

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

STEP 5 - Schedule an Audition/Interview

Scheduling of audition/interview is not automatic. Visit the audition information page  for information on audition requirements, dates, and the audition scheduling process.

STEP 6 - International Student Requirements

All international students must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting adequate TOEFL scores. TOEFL scores are due by December 1  and must be less than two years old. For additional details, visit /music/application-process/international

How to Submit Materials:

The following items must be submitted online:

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

  • One (1) original set of transcripts from EVERY institution attended after high school (including originals from any school from which credits were transferred)
  • Letters of recommendations & recommendation form (if recommender is unable to submit online)

 

Domestic Applicants

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

For overnight/express mail:            

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
USA

The following information must be mailed to the 
College of Music Graduate Office address listed below:

  • Writing samples (MM Theory, DMA and PhD applicants only)
  • Composition Scores and Sound Recordings (Composition Applicants only)

 

College of Music Graduate Office
University of Colorado Boulder
301 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0301

Other materials may be request from your department

Visit the audition information page  for more specific details.