Music Composition, D.M.A.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D705

Program Requirements

Coursework Requirements
Master's degree or equivalent 132
Core Coursework
COMP 6020Doctoral Composition for Performance Majors (No more than the required 10 hours may be applied to the degree)10
Musicology/Music Literature (Any three graduate level MUHI, MUSC, or MULI courses may be taken)9
Music Theory (Any two graduate level Music Theory (MUTH) courses with these exceptions: MUTH 5811, MUTH 5821. 26
Two semesters of participation on principal instrument or voice in appropriate section of MUTE 50x0 ensemble, 51x0 ensemble, and/or New Century Ensemble (appropriate section of MUTE 5271 as advised.)
Enrollment in two semesters, as advised, of the following courses:
Graduate Recital-Doctor Of Musical Arts Degree
Graduate Lecture/Chamber Recital--Doctor Of Musical Arts Degree
Music Technology6
Real Time MIDI Control
Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
Electives as advised15
Written Document
MUS 6880Doctor of Musical arts Project (No more than the required 8 hours may be applied to the degree)6
Total Credit Hours90

If your MM is not 32 hours, adjustments will need to be made. Contact the Graduate Music Office.


No coursework taken to remedy deficiencies in Music Theory determined by the student's score on the Preliminary Exam may be applied to this requirement and no Music Technology (MUTK) course may be applied to this requirement.

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: