Recording Arts, MS Curriculum Map

The Master of Science in Recording Arts (MSRA) is comprised of 34 credits. 15 credits are required courses, 15 credits are electives, and 4 credits are Thesis/Portfolio.

  1. All MSRA courses (all required courses as well as all electives) must be completed with a "B" (3.0)  or better.  Grades of B-/2.7 or lower cannot be used towards degree progress.
  2. Students must complete a minimum of 34 credits and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  3. 24 hours of total credits must be completed in residency at CU-Denver
  4. Up to 9 hours of transfer credits may be applied towards the Master's Degree, per the approval of the faculty advisor or the academic advisor.
  5. MSRA students must apply to graduate. Go to for on-line Intent to Graduate Form.
  6. The elective course list is not exhaustive, and additional electives may be available based on instructor availability. Some current elective courses listed may be subject to discontinuation for the same reason, rendering this a tentative course offering list. 


Required Courses (19 credits)
Course # Course TitleCredit Hours
MSRA 5000Intro to Graduate Studies (1st year Fall)
MSRA 5001​MSRA Research Seminar (1st year Spring)3
MSRA 5580Graduate Audio Seminar I (2nd year Spring)
MSRA 5590Graduate Audio Production (Any Fall, 1st recommended)
MSRA 6510Graduate Audio Post (Spring, 1st year recommended)
MSRA 6950/6951MSRA Thesis/Portfolio (Fall/Spring, last semester before graduation)
Electives (15 credits)
Course # Course TitleCredit Hours
MSRA 5360Music, Meditation, & Tech (Spring)3
MSRA 5510Topics in Audio (Fall & Spring)
MSRA 5515History of 20th Century Film Music (Fall)3
MSRA 5520History of Songs in 20th Century Films (Spring)
MSRA 5530Live Sound Reinforcement (Fall & Spring)
MSRA 5535Sound Effects & Foley for Visual Media (Spring)3
MSRA 5545Music Editing (Spring3
MSRA 5555Dialogue Editing (Spring)3
MSRA 5560Mastering & Adv. Digital Audio (Spring)
MSRA 5565Re-recording Mixing (Spring)3
MSRA 5575Graduate Surround Sound (TBC)3
MSRA 5820

Digital Music Techniques (Fall)


MSRA 5840Independent Study (Fall & Spring)3
MSRA 6510Graduate Audio Studies Pedagogy (Fall)3

And/or other courses as approved by MSRA Faculty Advisor, including courses from allied disciplines.

Total MSRA credits: 34


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Denver, CO 80204


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