The Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA), offered in composition, performance, and theoretical studies, is a rigorous and selective program intended for musicians who combine the highest attainments in their major area with proven accomplishments in musicology and theoretical studies.

A master's degree in music is a prerequisite for the DMA program. Normally, the equivalent of five full-time semesters (8–10 credits per semester, not including recital and research credits) is needed to complete the DMA degree; students must be full-time in their first year. Most students spend three or more years in the program. Additional information is available from the Chair of the Doctoral Committee.

Students' programs of study are designed in consulation with the Doctoral Committee or Dean. A minimum of 60 credits beyond master's study is required. Generally, students earn 30 credits in their major area: studio (16 credits), allied performance studies such as chamber music, vocal coaching, or conducting (2 credits), recitals and research projects (12 credits).

Performers present three full-length recitals accompanied by extensive program notes (one of the recitals may be a lecture/recital), and complete a major writing project based on academic research; composers present one recital of chamber music and a dissertation (large-scale original work with an analytical paper). An additional 30 credits are earned in academic subjects: doctoral seminars (12 credits) and electives from the graduate curriculum, including independent projects for extended credit (18 credits).

Strings: Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass, Harp, Guitar

Woodwinds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone

Brass: Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba


Conducting: Wind Ensemble


Collaborative Piano

Chamber Music - Piano

Jazz Studies: Jazz Performance, Jazz Composition

Contemporary Improvisation

Vocal Performance

Historical Performance


Theoretical Studies