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Develop advanced skills in traditional and contemporary techniques and collaborate with music scholars, theorists, performers, educators and composers for a well-rounded foundation for your professional career.
The DMA in music with a concentration in music composition is a comprehensive professional degree program designed for outstanding students of composition who are preparing for professional careers, including teaching positions at the university level.
This degree program provides extensive faculty interaction as well as opportunities to develop advanced skills in traditional and contemporary compositional techniques with emphasis on fostering students' personal approach to composition. The opportunity to collaborate with music scholars, theorists, performers, educators and other composers provides students with a broad and well-rounded foundation for advanced careers in music.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a U.S. bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an institution in another country that is officially recognized by that country.
Applicants must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of a bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants must submit:
Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. The School of Music, Dance and Theatre does not offer conditional admission under any circumstances. In order to meet English proficiency requirements, students should have a TOEFL score of at least 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT), or an IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5, or a Pearson Test of English score of at least 60.
Students should see the program website for application deadlines.
After receipt of complete application materials (including recommendation letters, transcripts and English proficiency) and review of prescreening materials, an applicant may be invited for an interview. Information about the interview may be found at https://music.asu.edu/admissions/graduate-auditions.