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CCM: About
The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

Academic Programs & Majors

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. Refer to the chart below for more information on the types of degrees offered by each program and click on the degree titles to view specific degree plans.

What is Viola?

The viola program leads the student to a performance degree specializing in the technique and performance of the viola.

The viola program at the UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) attracts the mostly highly talented violists from around the world. Artists who have been educated in CCM’s environment of excellence can be found on international stages as soloists, recitalists, chamber musicians, and orchestral musicians. Students enrolled in our undergraduate program regularly take part and claim top prizes in the most competitive international competitions, including the Tertis, Sphinx, and Primose competitions.

In addtion to talent, the successful student demonstrates such attributes as academic competency, dedication, discipline, and comprehensive technical and musical training.

Career Possibilities

CCM offers its string students unprecedented performance opportunities as soloists, orchestral, and chamber musicians, thus mirroring today's musical world for which students prepare. Preparation for auditions and competitions is thorough, and the impressive list of successful alumni speaks for CCM’s success in career placement. Teacher training and teaching opportunities through the Preparatory Department are an integral part of the CCM philosophy.


UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

In addition to outstanding artist-faculty and degree programs, CCM offers the advantage of being located in a city long known for its intense interest and support of the performing arts. Major musical events are held frequently throughout the city. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performs in the beautiful and historic Music Hall as well as in its summer home, Riverbend Music Center. The Cincinnati May Festival is the oldest continuous choral festival of its kind in the nation, and the Cincinnati Opera brings major artists to the city. The Cincinnati Art Museum, Taft Museum, Museum of Natural History, Contemporary Arts Center, Playhouse in the Park, and Cincinnati/New Orleans Ballet Company offer outstanding cultural opportunities.

Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, International student requirements and application deadlines please visit the CCM Admissions website.

Graduation Requirements

Several months before graduation, each candidate for a degree must file a formal application for degree with the college office. If a student fails to properly complete this application process, the university will not be responsible for the student’s graduation. A minimum of one year in residence as a full-time student is required of all students wishing to apply for any degree awarded by CCM.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

CCM's founding schools (the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the College of Music of Cincinnati) were both charter members of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The requirements for entrance and graduation in all music programs are in accordance with the published regulations of NASM.