Graduate Admission Requirements

Students desiring to enroll in the Master of Arts in Music Education degree program must:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in music from an accredited institution of higher education, OR
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in another subject AND have completed a state licensure program in music, OR
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in another subject AND have earned a passing grade on a state standardized licensure exam in music or music education, such as the Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Music Educators (PLACE), the Praxis exam, etc.

Admission Process:

1. Complete the online application:

2. Pay the $30 application fee.

3. Submit ALL supplemental admission documents online: 

These documents include:

  • Letter of intent - describing interests, background, the emphasis of interest, and professional goals. Include a brief teaching philosophy summary. The letter will be used to assess writing skills for eligibility into the program.
  • Resume - include academic, teaching, and professional musical experience.
  • Two (2) recent (less than two years old) letters of recommendation or contact information from associates who can speak to the applicant's academic strengths and potential.

4. Audition (for face-to-face track only; not required for fully online program).

5. Send ALL official transcripts from previously attended institutions directly from the institutions to ASU.

Transcripts from ASU need not be requested. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. Please have all official transcripts sent to: 

graduatestudies@adams.edu (for electronic official transcripts) 

OR

Adams State University 
Office of Graduate Studies
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 2300
Alamosa, CO 81101

Additional Requirements:

  • Students applying to the combined online/on-campus program with a concentration in performance or conducting will audition in person or submit an audition recording.
  • Students applying to the combined online/on-campus program with a concentration in composition will submit representative original compositions with their application.
  • Students must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, the last 30 credit hours of the baccalaureate degree.
  • Those with a GPA lower than 3.0 will be conditionally admitted until after the first semester at which time evidence is provided as to the ability to do graduate level work.