Music Composition, D.M.A.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D705

This program has changes pending State Regents approval for 2022-23. These pending changes are not reflected here.

Program Requirements


The following are required for the D.M.A., but as research tools, they are not included in the 90 total hours applied to the degree.

  • MUS 5112 , or equivalent
  • Foreign language study, as advised and if essential for research for document
Coursework Requirements
Master's degree or equivalent32
Core Coursework
COMP 6020Doctoral Composition for Performance Majors13
MUTH 59133
Musicology/Music Literature9
Music Theory (excluding MUTH 5812, MUTH 5822, and Music Technology courses)6
Two semesters of participation on principal instrument or voice in appropriate section of MUTE 51x0 ensemble and/or New Century Ensemble (appropriate section of MUTE 5271)2
Enrollment in two semesters, as advised, of the following courses:4
Graduate Recital-Doctor Of Musical Arts Degree
Graduate Lecture/Chamber Recital--Doctor Of Musical Arts Degree
Electives as advised13
Written Document
MUS 6880Doctor of Musical arts Project (No more than the required 8 hours may be applied to the degree)8
Total Credit Hours90

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: