The Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree is offered to selected qualified students as a recognition of high professional attainment in composition, pedagogy, performance, or sacred music.
Applicants who qualify for entrance to this program will major in one of the following areas: composition, pedagogy (piano or voice), performance (chamber music, orchestral instruments*, piano, vocal accompanying, voice), orchestral conducting, or sacred music.
The Doctor of Musical Arts degree is not offered in the area of percussion, guitar, harp, euphonium, or saxophone.
The objective of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts is to provide an opportunity for advanced study at the highest artistic and pedagogical level. For this reason, admission to candidacy is highly selective.
Concert Music Emphasis
In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to the Rome School, a student who desires to major in composition, concert music emphasis, must submit original compositions for evaluation. A student whose major for the undergraduate degree was something other than composition must show evidence of having completed the equivalent of the requirements of an undergraduate composition major. Any deficiencies must be made up by taking the necessary undergraduate courses or by passing proficiency examinations. All entering graduate students in the Master of Music degree program in composition must take the Music Theory Placement Examination and the Music History Placement Examination.
Students whose baccalaureate programs exhibit significant curricular deficiencies may be required to take remedial courses to satisfy these deficiencies as prerequisites to the master's program. Remedial courses may be taken concurrently with courses in the master's program. All students enrolled in applied composition instruction are required to submit samples of their work to a jury of the composition faculty for evaluation at the end of the semester.