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Music Education, Ph. D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 84 months
University rank #51 (BCR) Online
The Boston University Online Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education (DMA) combines a time-honored curriculum with cutting-edge technology to make this valuable credential available to leading music educators around the world.
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A focus on music theory and musicology—and techniques for applying them in the classroom—prepares educators to accomplish their personal and professional goals. The Boston University Online DMA is an exciting opportunity for music educators to achieve career advancement and academic enrichment without interrupting their existing professional lives:

  • Learn from faculty members who are recognized authorities in music education, music theory, and musicology
  • Experience the cultural diversity and rich academic environment of the oldest degree-granting music program in the United States
  • Investigate the philosophy, history, sociology, and psychology of music education
  • Discover innovative teaching methodologies
  • Focus on music from a variety of perspectives, including orchestration, aesthetic traditions, music criticism, and cultural and historical approaches such as African music, American music, and Jazz
  • Explore research techniques and contribute new knowledge to the field of music education by conducting your own study


Boston University Online is an active member in the online education community. We are member of, and participate regularly with, the following associations:

  • Educause
  • European Association for International Education
  • University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)
  • The Sloan Consortium
  • United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date We did our best, but couldn't find the next application deadline and start date information online.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 84 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      6–7 years Completion Time

  • Credits
    48 credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • CFA ME 753 Principles of Child Development and Early Education

  • CFA ME 841 Quantitative Research Methods in Music Education

  • CFA ME 842 Qualitative Research Methods

  • CFA ME 859 Critique in Music Education

  • CFA ME 921 Research and Directed Study in Music Education

  • CFA MH 700 Research and Bibliography

  • CFA MH 835 American Music

  • CFA MH 837 Crossroads: Cultural and Musical Perspectives on the Blues

  • CFA MH 862 African Music and Culture: Creative Exploration

  • CFA MT 400 Graduate Theory Review

  • CFA MT 600 Analytical Techniques

  • CFA MT 630 Orchestration

  • CFA MT 781 Jazz and Popular Arranging

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    714 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 714 USD per module and a duration of 84 months.
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Tuition fee per 1 credit.


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