Organ, D.M.A.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D724

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

Program Requirements

  • Organ Standard (R479)
  • Church Music (R114)

Tools of Research

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, if essential for research for document
Coursework Requirements
Master's degree or equivalent32
Core Coursework
ORGN 6020Doctoral Organ for Performance Majors (No more than 16 hours may be applied to the degree)16
Musicology/Music Literature 16
MUTE 5423History and Fundamentals of Pipe Organ Construction and Design (Required if not take during the master's degree)0-3
Music Theory (excluding MUTH 5812, MUTH 5822, and Music Technology courses)8
Enroll in three semester, as advised, of the following courses:6
Graduate Recital-Doctor Of Musical Arts Degree
Graduate Lecture/Chamber Recital--Doctor Of Musical Arts Degree
Area of Concentration13-16
Choose an area of concentration from the following:
Standard/Performance Concentration
Church Music Concentration
Written Document
MUS 6880Doctor of Musical arts Project (No more than the required 6 hours may be applied to the degree)6
Total Credit Hours90


  • The DMA program requires satisfactory completion of ninety (90) credit hours of approved coursework beyond the Bachelor’s degree. In most instances, the first thirty-two (32) of these hours come from the Master’s degree.
  • All DMA programs, except Composition, require three major public performances (recitals, lecture/recitals, workshops, etc. as required by the specific program) and defense of a written document.
  • The DMA Composition requires 2 major public performances and a written document.
  • Each student is required to be “in residence” (i.e.: enrolled as a full-time student) for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters (i.e.: Fall and Spring or Spring and Fall).
  • Each student is expected to complete all required coursework and at least one major public performance (or more, depending upon the degree program) within four (4) years of taking any coursework beyond the thirty-two (32) hours of the Master’s degree. At that time, the student must pass the General Examination.
  • Assuming satisfactory completion of the General Examination within the allowed timeframe, the student will have five (5) years from that semester to complete the degree, including any remaining major public performances and successfully proposing, completing, defending, and depositing two (2) copies of the written document in the library and submitting an electronic copy of the document to the Graduate College.

Standard Concentration (R479)

Standard/Performance Area of Concentration
MULI 5453Organ Literature I: Renaissance and Baroque (Required if not taken during the master's degree)0-3
MULI 5463Organ Literature II: 1750-1900 (Required if not taken during the master's degree)0-3
MULI 5473Organ Literature III: 1900-Present (Required if not taken during the master's degree)0-3
Electives - may be chosen from any area as long as the course is at the 5000 level or above, with approval of program advisor and graduate liaison4-16

Church Music Concentration (R114)

Church Music Concentration
Choose two courses from the following (required if not taken during the master's degree):0-6
Organ Literature I: Renaissance and Baroque
Organ Literature II: 1750-1900
Organ Literature III: 1900-Present
MULI 5483Hymnody (Required if not taken during the master's degree)0-3
MUTE 5413Church Music Practicum (Required if not taken during the master's degree)0-3
One semester of choral ensemble, as approved by the graduate liaison and program advisor:1
University Chorale
Singing Sooners
Electives - to be chosen from the following as approved by the graduate liaison and program advisor:0-15
Choral Conducting (2-4 hours)
Choral Score Studies (2-4 hours)
Doctoral Secondary Composition (2-4 hours)
Doctoral Secondary Voice (2-4 hours)
Advanced Readings in Religious Studies (3 hours)

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: