Degree Requirements

Doctor of Musical Arts: Conducting

Program of Study (18 units)

  • CONDUCT 540 Seminar in Conducting (6 units)
  • MUSIC 540 Doctoral Music Research (1 unit; offered in fall quarter)
  • MUSICOL 400 Graduate Review of History (1 unit, offered in winter quarter)
  • CONDUCT 580 Recital (0 units; 3 registrations required)
  • CONDUCT 595 Final Project Requirement
  • Electives in Music Studies, 300-level or above (4 units).
    1 unit from the Music Studies Elective must also fulfill the MUS THEORY coursework requirement. To cover the Music Theory coursework requirement, one of the following courses must be taken*:
    MUS_THRY 316 16th Century Counterpoint (fall)
    MUS_THRY 435 Theory of Melody (winter)
    MUS_THRY 355 Post Tonal Analysis (winter)
    MUS_THRY 318 18th Century Counterpoint (spring)
    MUS_THRY 435 Advanced Tonal Analysis/Analysis of 19th Century Music (spring)
  • Electives in Music, 300-level or above (5 units)

Conducting Requirement

No fewer than six quarters of teaching assistant conducting experience with a major performing ensemble.


Three full-length conducting recitals are required. Students must be registered for conducting study during the quarter of their first two recitals. The third recital will take place after the student has completed their coursework, without supervision/assistance of their teacher. Learn more about DMA Recital Requirements 

Qualifying Examination

*If three courses are taken out of the four courses for the Music Theory Requirement, DMA students will have the option to waive the theory qualifying examination. Students must receive a grade of “B” or higher in each of the three courses to achieve the exemption. Learn more about DMA Qualifying Examinations

Final Project Requirement

To pursue the Lecture Recital/Coursework option, approval from the Conducting faculty must be obtained. Learn more about DMA Final Project Requirements

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