Composition students may pursue either the Ph.D. or D.M.A. degree. They participate closely with students from other concentrations in seminars in history, theory/analysis, and ethnomusicology. A number of public performances each year are devoted solely to the presentation of students' compositions, and excellent facilities are available for those interested in computer music.
A minimum of 60 credits of approved course work is required for a Ph.D. in Music and D.M.A.–Composition. Courses will be credited toward the Ph.D. and D.M.A.–Composition only if they are part of a program approved by the Executive Officer or his/her deputy.
For students concentrating in composition, whether for the Ph.D. or for the D.M.A., the first 30 credits should include the following five courses (or their equivalent): Introduction to Musicology; one seminar in theory/analysis; one seminar in music history prior to 1900; two tutorials in composition.
For the Ph.D. in composition, the final 30 credits will include four 2-credit tutorials in composition plus two Composers Forums and two Seminars in Composition. Also required are four 80000-level research seminars in music history or theory, one of which must be on music before 1600 or ethnomusicology.
For the D.M.A. in composition, the final 30 credits will include four 3-credit tutorials in composition plus two Composers Forums and two Seminars in Composition. Also required is one course in twentieth/twenty-first-century performance practice and two 80000-level research seminars.