Recording Arts, MS Application Requirements




Applicants must have one (1) official academic transcript from each college or university attended sent directly from the issuing institution to:


Domestic Applicants: International Applicants:

Mail Official transcript(s) to:
University of Colorado Denver-Graduate Admissions
Campus Box 163 
PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217

DHL, FEDEX transcript(s) to: 
University of Colorado Denver-Graduate Admissions
1380 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO 80204


University of Colorado Denver
International Admissions
Campus Box A005/1001
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364


  • Official transcripts can be submitted electronically if they are sent by the issuing institution or through a third party etranscript exchange agent directly to
  • ​While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of length of attendance and whether or not courses were completed.
  • Official transcripts exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar and arrive in an envelope sealed by the institution.
  • Transcripts that are marked “student copy” or “unofficial” cannot be used in the admission decision.
  • Foreign language transcripts must be accompanied by a certified English translation.



    • The essay should summarize the educational and professional history of the applicant relative to a career in the audio/music industry, and should include:
        • Complete name and contact information.
        • Educational Background
        • Career Objective
        • Anticipated Dates of Attendance
    • Essay must be typed, double-spaced and in English. Preferred length of essay is 3-5 pages.


  • Students are required to submit a resume as it relates to the field of study. The resume must include educational background, work experience, and relevant skills. Students are also welcome to include any published works, scholarly/creative work, exhibitions, awards, or other relevant achievements.
  • The resume should be chronological, beginning with educational background and progressing to employment history. Please refrain from “functional” resumes, or those that simply summarize qualities or competencies.
  • ​The resume should be uploaded in the online application.



  • Letters of recommendation are required from three (3) reference providers that can attest to the applicant’s academic and/or professional accomplishments.
  • Applicants send requests for recommendation to reference providers through the online Graduate Application for Admission. Once each request is sent, reference providers will receive an email titled "Recommendation Request – CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus" with a secure online link to complete their recommendation.
  • Reference providers must complete their letters of recommendation by doing both of the following:
    • Online Recommendation Form: This is an online multiple-choice form where the reference provider will be asked to evaluate certain indicators of success for the applicant.
    • ​Personal Letter: This should be a formal, narrative letter uploaded by the reference provider via the online recommendation form.​
  • Letters of recommendation must be submitted online directly by each of the reference providers; letters cannot be submitted by the applicant.
  • Applicants are advised to submit requests for recommendation early enough to allow each reference provider time to submit the online form and letter prior to the deadline.



  • Applicants must upload their audio portfolio through the online Graduate Application for Admission.
  • All applicants will submit a portfolio that represents their accomplishments in audio production
  • Applicants must submit documentation describing their role on each project (ex: artist/performer, engineer, producer, arranger, foley, ADR, etc.)
  • In choosing portfolio pieces, candidates should first strive to show their ability to record acoustic sound sources with microphones.
  • It is helpful for the committee to see any other examples production and engineering skills you may possess. Such as MIDI production or video post-production. 
  • If the applicant has any examples of working in post-production, they are strongly encouraged to include an example of their work in the portfolio.   Though a post-production piece is not required.
  • One possible portfolio (among many possibilities) might include:
    • #1 – A multi-track song with drums, bass, guitars, vocals, etc.
    • #2 – MIDI project with virtual instruments, etc. 
    • #3 – Video post-production assignment




Non-refundable application fee must be paid in U.S. dollars via the online Graduate Application for Admission.

       Domestic Applicants:$50.00
            International Applicants: $75.00


A maximum of nine (9.0) graduate credits may be transferred into the MSRA program from another accredited graduate institution, subject to the review and approval of the MSRA faculty.

Only graduate courses with a grade of “B” or higher, and only if those courses taken within five calendar years of the applicant’s semester of admission into the MSRA program will be accepted for transfer.