Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

This is a program of advanced study in applied music, literature, and pedagogy with a strong supporting program in historical and analytical studies. The degree is designed to represent superior accomplishment in the practical aspects of music with an emphasis on the art of performing and teaching.

The areas of study for a DMA performance degree include Guitar, Organ, Piano, Voice, and Instrumental Performance (Brass, Percussion, Strings, and Woodwinds). For your DMA, you will be expected to meet the following requirements, including your post-baccalaureate study from other institutions:

  • 32 credits of applied study
  • 8-12 credits of emphasis study
  • 3 credits of research skills
  • 12 credits of music theory and musicology/ethnomusicology, at least 6 should be taken at the University of Minnesota
  • 6 credits of elective courses
  • 24 credits of a combination of recitals (and courses, for flexible recital credit option)
  • Completion of written and oral preliminary exam
  • Completion of thesis or final project
  • Completion of final oral examination

View the full requirements for the DMA degrees.