Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in Music Education

Elementary Methods class by Larry LevantiThe Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree in music education is a research degree designed for professional music educators who seek to expand and refine their teaching and musical skills. Doctoral students in music education broaden their knowledge of current music education research and practice, either to advance in their teaching/supervisory positions or to prepare for a career in higher education.  The degree requires a minimum of 57 semester hours of graduate course work beyond the master’s degree. Courses are offered by the Music Department and the Graduate School of Education and include advanced studies in research, music education, music theory, and music history. Additionally, students complete 12 credits in a cognate area of their choice, such as performance, conducting, musicology, composition, or educational administration. After successfully passing comprehensive examinations, a student’s study culminates in 12 credits of dissertation research leading to a dissertation on a topic related to music education. There is no foreign language requirement.

It is expected that the degree requirements for this program will be completed in five years of continuous enrollment; a maximum of seven years is allowed. Students are not required to maintain a full-time residency but must enroll in at least one 3-credit course each semester.

D.M.A. Degree Requirements (57 credits minimum)

Research & Music Education courses


  • Statistical Methods in Education I & II (3 credits each)
  • Graduate Research in Music Education (3 credits)

       Electives in Music Education (choose four)

  • any education research course for which the student is eligible (3 credits)
  • Doctoral Seminar in Music Education Curriculum (3 credits)
  • Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Music Education (3credits)
  • ProSeminar in Music Education (3 credits - may be repeated with different content)
  • Behavioral and Cognitive Approaches to Music Learning (3 credits)


  • Music History (6 credits)
  • Music Theory (6 credits)


  • 12 credits  (Choose from topics such as performance, composition, musicology, educational administration, etc. Lessons, if available, may not be taken without participating in a large ensemble)

Written Comprehensive Exam


  • 12 credits – includes writing, proposal defense, and final defense

D.M.A. in Music Education Admission Requirements
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