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The University of Colorado Boulder offers graduate programs in music performance, performance and pedagogy, music education, theory, musicology, composition and conducting. We offer the following degrees: Master of Music, Master of Education, Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Philosophy in Music and Artist Diploma programs. The department webpages provide specific information on programs and degree requirements. Please contact the department chair directly for more detailed information. All graduate applicants are automatically considered for merit-based support (e.g., College of Music scholarships and graduate Teaching Assistantships).  

Upcoming graduate info sessions

Information coming soon!

For general questions about our graduate program, contact Chris Martin, Graduate Studies Coordinator, or Felicia Hamilton, Graduate Admission Assistant. 

Review all university graduate admission requirements. There are different guidelines for International students and U.S. students. For fall matriculation, Dec. 1 is the deadline to submit the entire application, including all supplemental materials. Oct. 1 is the deadline for spring admission, which is only available for Music Education applicants.

Current College of Music students hoping to apply to a graduate program should refer to this document >> 

Applicants going from an MM to a DMA or PhD should fill out this form >>

Diversity statement

Graduate program faculty and staff are committed to cultivating an environment that integrates antiracism and equity in all that we do. As a college community, we acknowledge the impacts of systemic racism and affirm that diversity, inclusiveness and excellence are not mutually exclusive. We value the innovation that multiple perspectives and backgrounds bring to our college since music at its core knows no boundaries defined by race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing or other human differences. Through intentional processes that engage students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters, we strive to create actions in our studios, classrooms and performance spaces that reflect these values.


COVID-19 Audition Update

The College of Music will not be holding in-person auditions for applicants to the Fall 2021 graduate program due to the risks and challenges posted by COVID-19. Instead, we will be using a combination of pre-screening videos, recorded auditions and Virtual Live interviews/auditions to make admissions decisions.

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive to all and that student experiences in the wake of this have not been equitable. In response to these events, we recognize that some applicants will have concerns about the impacts these events could have on admissions. The graduate programs at the University of Colorado Boulder are dedicated to recruiting and supporting diverse, talented students, employing holistic application review processes and supporting students when they arrive on campus. We want to be clear that we understand: 
  • Students have been facing and will face unprecedented challenges during this time. 
  • Testing centers have suspended operations or moved to remote testing.
  • Many students and institutions have chosen to adopt the Pass/Fail (or Credit/No Credit) option due to these events.
  • Due to this disruption students may not have performed to their usual abilities during times of remote study or challenging classroom adjustments. 
  • Some research projects will have been interrupted or will be incomplete as a result of university and facility closures. 
  • Many students will be unable to take on internships and summer research programs or other professional development initiatives.
  • There are myriad other challenging circumstances that have arisen in individuals’ experiences.

We will take this all into consideration as we review applications holistically, understanding that our goal continues to be a graduate student cohort of future leaders, full of diverse life experiences and perspectives that will add new dimensions to our existing graduate community. If you have any questions about your specific circumstances, please contact the department to which you are interested in applying, or cugrad@colorado.edu. Please visit the Graduate School's website for more specific information aboug graduate admissions.

Audition requirements are located under Step 4 below.