Doctor of Musical Arts | D.M.A. Degree

Doctor of Musical Arts

Doctorate Degree


The college, through its graduate division, accepts prospective candidates for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (D.M.A.). The degree is granted in the fields of music performance, composition/arranging, music education, or music history and literature and requires demonstration of distinguished attainment.

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Three DMA music students play guitars in performance.

Five Towns College is proud to state that it offers four discrete programs that lead to the D.M.A. They are:

Attainment of a doctoral degree in music at Five Towns College requires outstanding scholarship and research culminating in a dissertation that contributes to the general fund of knowledge in the area of concentration. Qualified doctoral candidates must earn a minimum of 60 credits beyond the master’s level and must maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. or higher.

D.M.A. degrees at the college are intended for those planning to work at the most advanced academic and professional levels of musical endeavor. Upon admission, you will be expected to achieve competence as musician/scholars who can communicate effectively both orally and in written form. Students pursuing a doctorate in music education should be able to demonstrate the ability to write concisely with clarity and prepare critiques of musical performances that reflect mature, sensitive insights into musical values.

Doctoral study requires a minimum of three or four years of graduate work. Completion of an appropriate master’s degree is prerequisite to doctoral study.

Five Towns College DMA graduate student performing on the piano.

Key Goals for Candidates Pursuing a Doctorate in Music

The degree program objectives listed below must be demonstrated by candidates for graduation as a prerequisite to qualifying for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree:

  • Intellectual awareness and curiosity sufficient to predict continued growth and contribution to the discipline;
  • Knowledge of the techniques of jazz harmony sufficient to analyze selected compositions;
  • Knowledge of representative literature and influential composers;
  • Expertise in music history, education, performance, or composition;
  • Expertise in the supervision of music programs;
  • Expertise in the application and utilization of appropriate research skills; and
  • Sufficient writing and speaking skills to communicate clearly and effectively to members of the scholarly and wider communities.