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Musical Arts, DMA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


  • Doctoral students are required to maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average. A grade of “B-” or better is required for all music courses.
  • Written Qualifying Examinations must be completed in the Major Area and the Related Field.
  • Following a final recital and completion of a Dissertation Essay, each student must successfully complete an oral examination that will emphasize a defense of the paper/project and will provide clarification or answer questions regarding the qualifying exams.
  • Students working toward a D.M.A. choose one of five tracks: Instrumental Performance, Piano Performance, Vocal Performance, Choral Conducting, or Instrumental Conducting.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music Literature: Renaissance 
  • Music Literature: Baroque 
  • Music Literature: Classical 
  • Music Literature: Romantic 
  • Music Literature: 1900 to the Present 
  • Music Literature: American

                            English Language Requirements

                            • Minimum required score:


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                            Academic Requirements

                            You need the following GPA score:

                            Required score: 3

                            Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                            Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                            General Requirements

                            Applicants must:

                            • Have a Master’s Degree in Music from an accredited university
                            • Meet the basic Doctoral admission requirements outlined by the University of Utah Graduate School
                            • Audition in person or by DVD, as outlined on the School of Music website
                            • Submit a Statement of Purpose
                            • Submit a current CV or resume
                            • Submit a comprehensive repertoire list of works performed and works studied
                            • Submit three letters of recommendation

                            Tuition Fee

                            • International

                              30371 USD/year
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 30371 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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                            Living costs for Salt Lake City

                            • 1000 - 1730 USD/month
                              Living Costs

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