Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition (D.M.A.)

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The purpose of the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition (D.M.A.) is to prepare students for a career in composition and a professorship in higher music education. Teaching Assistantships are available but highly competitive.

Our Mission

The mission of the Doctor of Musical Arts program in Composition is to provide students with advanced preparation in the field of composition. The goals of the program are:

  • To enable students to develop advanced compositional skills beyond the level of the Master of Music degree in Composition;
  • To help students consider or choose their compositional directions or options in the 21st century;
  • To help students get their music performed or realized;
  • To help students develop a strong profile or identity as a composer.


In addition to coursework, the doctoral candidate is required to:

  • Compose a doctoral composition of substantial proportions.
  • Write a doctoral essay on the piece that was composed or on another topic.
  • Present their compositions on concerts or at festivals

To apply to be accepted into the degree, the student must submit a Graduate Composition Portfolio of his/her works (three scores and three recordings).

To be considered for a teaching assistantship, the student must do an interview with the department faculty.

For more information regarding the curriculum, please visit the Academic Bulletin.

Academic Bulletin