The Doctor of Musical Arts degree program is designed to develop the complete musician, emphasizing both the highest level of musicianship and practical scholarly insight. Each curriculum is intended to prepare the respective candidate for a career at the most advanced level of performance, teaching, or composition.
Completion of the D.M.A. usually takes a minimum of two full years beyond the master’s degree. The first year should be spent in residence, implying full-time status with a minimum course load of 9 credits per semester. One summer session prior to residence is permitted. Doctor of Musical Arts programs must be completed within seven years from the date of matriculation.
The D.M.A. consists of an area of concentration and an elective minor area.
6Declaration of a minor area must be approved by the department offering courses in the minor area. Up to 9 credits may be applied from previous graduate work. Students who have fulfilled their history or theory requirements through their minor may substitute free electives toward minimum credit requirements.
Additional other studies courses may be required if deficiencies are discovered as a result of a diagnostic placement exam.