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Lamont School of Music

Application Process - Graduate

Please submit the following to apply to the Lamont School of Music master's programs at the University of Denver:

1. Apply Online

Applications for a Lamont School of Music master's program at the University of Denver must be submitted online. Admission to the master's program is made on a rolling basis. However, scholarship priority will be given to those who apply before January 15th. To apply online, visit A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed.

2. Transcripts

Applicants must earn and submit proof of earning the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to beginning graduate coursework at DU. DU must receive transcripts from every previously attended institution, including study abroad and college coursework completed in high school. All U.S. transcripts must be official and received in the Office of Graduate Studies in a sealed envelope. University of Denver students and alumni do not need to provide DU transcripts as these will be requested by the Office of Graduate Studies. Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Students who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must also submit proof of graduation, typically through a degree certificate or diploma. If you have been educated outside the U.S., we encourage you to contact the Office of Graduate Studies for assistance regarding transcript-related materials. DU's in-house foreign credential evaluation may take up to four weeks. This evaluation must be complete by the program's stated deadline. Applicants with education credentials from outside of the U.S. are encouraged to apply early.

3. Test Scores

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for MA applicants only. Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy applicants are strongly encouraged to take the GRE. Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency. DU's ETS Institution Code is: 4842. Non-native English speakers are required to provide scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please note: this requirement is independent of citizenship status. The minimum TOEFL score accepted by DU is 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based). The minimum IELTS score accepted by DU is 6.0. Non-native English speakers who hold a post-secondary degree from an institution where English is the only language of instruction and examination or who hold a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree from a U.S. institution are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. There are no exemptions for graduate teaching assistants. Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a 26 on the TOEFL speaking section or 8.0 on the IELTS speaking section. Individual graduate programs reserve the right to set higher test score requirements. Please visit for a list of TOEFL/IELTS requirements.

4. Personal Statement

A personal statement of at least 300 words is required. Your essay should include information concerning your life, education, experiences, interests and reason for applying to DU. The statement should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

5. Essay or Research Paper (Required for MA applicants only)

Musicology and Music Theory applicants must also submit an essay or research paper on a topic in musicology, ethnomusicology, or music history. This paper should demonstrate critical and independent thinking in conjunction with the appropriate use of primary and secondary sources. The document should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

6. Resume

The resume should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

7. Recommendation Letters

Three (3) letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system.

8. Submit the Following to the Lamont School of Music, Office of Admission

  • Jazz and Commercial Music applicants: Submit pre-screening audition through the Lamont Application.
  • Voice applicants: Submit pre-screening audition through the Lamont Application.
  • Orchestral Conducting applicants: Submit pre-screening audition through the Lamont Application.
  • Performance applicants: Schedule and complete your Music Audition.  Be sure to list your preferred audition dates in the proper field on the graduate application.
  • Composition applicants: Submit a portfolio of at least two scores through the Lamont Application. At least one of these scores must be notated by hand (not by computer). Please submit scanned copies, not originals. Recordings are optional but encouraged.
  • Applicants WITHOUT an undergraduate degree in music must complete additional requirements. Please contact the Lamont Admission Office for details at 303-871-6973.

9. Application Status

We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at

Mailing Address

Mail official transcripts and any supplemental admission materials not submitted with the online application to:

University of Denver
Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802


International Applicants

If you are accepted, you will be asked to submit a copy of your passport, Financial Verification Form and provide supporting financial verification showing cash availability or official proof of scholarship/governmental sponsorship as appropriate in your case (no photocopies will be accepted). We encourage you to submit these items early to ensure immigration papers can be issued in a timely manner. For more information, visit the Office of Graduate Studies Application Instructions page: