Ph. D. On Campus


University of Miami

36 months
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Known for its aesthetic diversity and openness to the ever-changing and progressive world of composition, the Frost School of Music's Department of Music Theory and Composition at University of Miami has a long tradition of distinguished faculty and students. 


When today's post-baccalaureate composers decide to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition, they look to Frost faculty composers for inspiration and mentoring. At Frost, graduate students are well-coached to take the next steps toward their professional maturation. 

Key Features 

  • They work one-on-one with our dedicated faculty to expand their music portfolios, enter competitions, apply for commissions, and network in the music profession. 
  • Candidates for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition (D.M.A.) from University of Miami develop advanced research and teaching skills that are applicable to careers in higher education. For more information, please visit the website for the department of Music Theory and Composition.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Graduate Composition
  • Composition Workshop
  • Doctoral Essay
  • Experiential Musicianship and Theory Pedagogy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
3.5 (analytical)

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts – an official transcript from ALL post-secondary schools attended, regardless of if a degree was granted or not, must be sent directly to the Frost School of Music from the issuing institution in order to be considered official
  • Three letters of recommendation - sent through CollegeNet as part of application submission. These do not need to be sent separately
  • Resume - attached to the application at the time of submission. This does not need to be sent separately
  • GRE Score - Please contact your program faculty for specific GRE information
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score - Please click here for more specific TOEFL/IELTS information
  • Teaching/Conducting Sample
  • Writing Sample
  • Prescreening/Audition/Interview
  • Portfolio

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Miami

1508 - 2603 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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