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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).  

Welcome + info

Enjoy a visit to the College of Music and an introduction and tour of our college, as well as an introduction and tour of CU Boulder.

Audition days presentations include a graduate programs overview and how to finance graduate school. For general questions about our graduate program, contact Chris Martin, Graduate Studies Coordinator. 

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, please refer to this document 

Application form for current MM students applying to a DMA or PhD

Learn the university’s COVID-19 protocols

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.


Audition requirements are located under Step 4, below.