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Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition

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D.M.A. Admission

The degree of Doctor of Musical Arts is intended as a recognition of high professional attainment. Since only exceptionally well-qualified candidates are admitted to the program, doctoral studies are devoted primarily to developing professional qualifications for teaching at the college level.

The applicant is expected to have a master’s degree, or its demonstrated equivalent, in the proposed field. In addition to official transcripts and letters of recommendation, all applicants should submit résumés of their training and experience in teaching and performing.

For general information on academic requirements, residence, tenure, and enrollment, see the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog. Further admission requirements are listed below.


Applicants should submit scores of original works (including master’s thesis), recordings, and lists of past performances.

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