This is a planning calendar for use by CU Boulder College of Music Graduate Office in scheduling comprehensive exams. If you have any questions, please contact Graduate Program Assistant Chris Martin

General Information

Comprehensive Exams may be scheduled in the semester prior to the planned exam. The schedule fills up quickly, so signing up early is strongly recommended!

All exams start on a Thursday and finish on the Tuesday of the following week (4 days) for all DMA and PHD students. We have 3 MAC computers, so three students can be scheduled for each week. There are no exams scheduled during Thanksgiving Break or Spring Break. Students who choose to schedule their written exams during the last couple available weeks will not be able to complete the oral portion of the Comprehensive Exams during that semester, and therefore will not become a candidate until the semester after both portions (written and oral) are passed.


  1. Check to see if you meet the requirements to schedule your Comprehensive Exams
  2. If you meet the requirements, contact Chris Martin to setup an appointment. At this appointment, you will select dates (have a few times in mind before the meeting) and receive the Comp Exam paperwork.  
  3. Fill out your Candidacy Application. See the DMA/PhD Candidacy Application instructions for information on filling out your application.