Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance, Winds & Percussion
The application deadline for most 2023-24 programs was December 1. See the Graduate Admissions page for specific degree application deadlines.
Designed for students seeking the highest degree in the field, the DMA is a rigorous three-year course of study culminating in three doctoral recitals in lieu of a dissertation.
The doctoral degree is awarded on the basis of demonstrated competence, not on a specified number of credit hours. Completion of the program normally requires six terms of full-time study beyond the master’s degree. Students are expected to attain candidacy effective at the beginning of the sixth term.
Three doctoral recitals in lieu of a dissertation.
SMTD offers a wide variety of courses across all disciplines.
Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.
Nearly all DMA students receive full-tuition fellowships. Most also receive health benefits and a stipend attached to a Graduate Student Assistantship, which can vary in proportion to the appointment fraction and the duties associated with it. In addition to the funding packages offered by the SMTD, Rackham students are also eligible to apply for a wide range of fellowships to fund research, travel, and performance.
At least one academic year of full-time residence is required.
Nancy Ambrose King
From large ensembles in celebrated concert halls to chamber groups in intimate recital spaces, performance opportunities across all disciplines abound, with nearly 900 student performances each academic year. Whether your focus is on early, classical, or contemporary music, whether your passion is for jazz, electronic, or world music, there is an ensemble—or in many cases, multiple ensembles—to suit your interests.