Jun 23, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Composition, D.M.A.

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Doctor of Musical Arts

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.

Total credits for degree: 54–66

Major Area (36 credits)

Choose one course from the following in consultation with an advisor

Other Studies (12 credits)


Minor area or electives with permission of advisor 6-18 credit(s)


1TH 611 , TH 612 , TH 613 , TH 614 - Graduate Ear Training Review  Requirement (must be taken first if required per placement exam).

2HLM 611 , HLM 612 , HLM 613  Graduate Music History Review (must be taken first if required per placement exam)

HLM 611 , HLM 612 , and HLM 613 , and TH 611 , TH 612 , TH 613 , and TH 614  do not fulfill requirements in music history or music theory.

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