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Graduate School

Applicants seeking admission to the Master's of Music program, please visit our online application to apply.

If you are an M.M. in Vocal/Instrumental Performance, you must also register for an in-person audition with CSU Music faculty. Click here to register for your audition.

Additional Information

In addition to the general admission requirements set by the Graduate School, applicants must fulfill the following requirements set by the School:

  • Applicants electing the performance or conducting options must audition in person for area faculty.
  • Applicants electing music education, music education with Kodály emphasis, or music therapy may audition in person or submit a recording.
  • the School will be in contact once we receive your complete application to schedule an audition.
  • The Graduate Record Exam test is not required for entrance into the University or Music Program.
  • Diagnostic exams in music theory and music history are required of all incoming graduate students, except those pursuing music therapy. The purpose of the diagnostic examinations is to determine whether students are prepared to undertake history and theory courses at the graduate (500+) level. On the basis of these examinations, MU334, MU335, and/or MU412 may be required as prerequisites for 500 level courses in music history and music theory.These examinations are critically important. Diligent preparation and review can significantly improve your performance on them. Study guides for both exams are posted on this page. If you are required to take remedial courses, they will provide a valuable opportunity to enhance your knowledge and sharpen your skills. The diagnostic examinations may be repeated once.
  • Note: Students who do not take exams and/or who fail an exam or exams a second time, will automatically enrolled in the appropriate remedial courses in music history and music theory.

Please submit your application and all associated materials by Feb. 1 for full consideration.

Submit Application Materials

  • After submitting your online application and paying your application fee, begin submitting your supporting materials to complete your application.
    • Upload a variety of supporting documents directly to your application.
    • To submit official transcripts, contact your previous institutions to request they submit official transcripts to Colorado State University (use institution code 4075)
    • For any documents that cannot be uploaded, submit paper copies directly to the Office of Admissions at:

    Graduate Admissions
    Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
    1062 Campus Delivery
    Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View the status of your application at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or check on updates.

Fall 2022 Start - Audition Dates

  • Saturday, Dec. 4 (in-person only, half day)
  • Saturday, Jan. 22 (in-person/online, full day)
  • Monday, Feb. 14 (in-person only, half day)
  • Saturday, Feb. 19 (in-person/online, full day)

We encourage voice/instrumentalist performance majors to complete the music program application as soon as possible as audition time slots fill up quickly; the application should be completed at least two days before your audition date but keep in mind that time slots could be full if you wait.

After Feb. 19, auditions are heard on a space available basis only.

Your program audition is also your scholarship audition. Audition results will be sent by email by March 1. Scholarship offers will be sent by email by March 15.

In-person Audition Details

  • All prospective M.M. Performance students will submit an application through the Acceptd audition portal.
  • Please refer to the audition requirements and suggested repertoire for your instrument as listed below and on the area web pages. 
  • Once the application is complete, you will schedule your live audition and interview sessions.

Online Audition Details

  • All prospective students choosing to audition virtually will submit an application and video audition through the Acceptd audition portal.
  • Please refer to the audition requirements and suggested repertoire for your instrument as listed below and on the area web pages. 
  • Percussionist, please note: Percussion auditions and interviews will be hosted by the student in Zoom. You will invite Dr. Hollenbeck and record the session. This is the video that will be uploaded to Zoom.