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Music D.M.A.

School of Music
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of School of Music, 100 Ferguson Hall, 2106 4th Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 ( 612- 624-5093; fax: 612-624-8001)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 85 to 90
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Musical Arts
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The School of Music offers the degrees of master of arts (M.A.), master of music (M.M.), doctor of musical arts (D.M.A.), and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.). Specific degree plans and emphases are listed in each degree's program requirements.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Applicants interested in doctoral level study must hold a master's degree in an appropriate field of study.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent with a major emphasis in one of the following areas of music: musicology/ethnomusicology, theory and/or composition, performance, or music education/therapy. The performance degree (D.M.A.) requires an audition for admission. The conducting degree (D.M.A.) requires a preliminary DVD, an audition, and interview for admission.
Special Application Requirements:
For some areas of performance, a preliminary DVD may be required prior to scheduling an audition.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
74 to 79 credits are required in the major.
9 credits are required outside the major.
4 thesis credits are required.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Language Requirement: Varies according to field.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
The doctor of musical arts offers and emphases in piano, organ, voice, guitar, collaborative piano/coaching, conducting, and instrumental performance (violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, and percussion).
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