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Lamont School of Music

Lamont School of Music

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Graduate Application Checklist

Required for the DU Office Of Graduate Education

  1. Applications for graduate programs at Lamont must be submitted online by January 15. A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed.
  2. Applicants must 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 sent to the Office Of Graduate Education in a sealed envelope. University of Denver students and alumni do not need to provide DU transcripts. 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 Education 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 January 15. Applicants with education credentials from outside of the U.S. are encouraged to apply early.
  3. Test Scores:
    1. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for MA applicants only. Applicants for the master of music in piano pedagogy are strongly encouraged to take the GRE. Scores must be received directly from ETS. DU's ETS Institution Code is: 4842.
    2. 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.
      1. 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.
      2. There are no exemptions for graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), who 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 the University of Denver Graduate Bulletin for a list of TOEFL/IELTS requirements.
  4. A personal statement of at least 300 words is required. Your essay should include information concerning your education, experiences, interests and reason for applying to DU. The statement should be submitted via upload through the online application or your application status page
  5. Applicants to the master of arts in musicology and music theory programs must follow the submission requirements and upload documents through the online application or your application status page.
  6. The resume should be submitted via upload through the online application or your application status page
  7. Two (2) letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system.

Required for the Lamont School of Music Office of Admission

  • Voice applicants: Submit pre-screening audition through the online application by January 15.
  • Orchestral Conducting applicants: Submit pre-screening audition through the online application by December 15.
  • 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 online application. Recordings are optional but encouraged.
  • Applicants without an undergraduate degree in music must complete additional requirements. Please contact the Lamont Office of Admission for details at (303) 871-6973 or [email protected].
  • 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 to:

University of Denver
Office Of Graduate Education
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802
Email: [email protected]

International Applicants

If offered admission, you will be asked to submit a copy of your passport, Financial Verification Form and to 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 about additional standards for international students, visit the the University of Denver Graduate Bulletin.