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The Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree is designed for graduate students who desire advanced professional study in composition, conducting or performance within the context of a major research university.

All of our D.M.A. degrees contain two years of pre-candidacy coursework, qualifying examinations and a dissertation project, which can take a performative or academic approach.


Requirements for the D.M.A. degrees vary by emphasis, but D.M.A. students generally complete the following:

  • Two years of pre-candidacy course work
  • Qualifying examinations
  • A dissertation that can be organized around three post-candidacy recitals, a major research paper or an individually-designed project