Degree Requirements

Doctor of Musical Arts: String Performance

Program of Study (18 units)

  • STRINGS 500-level Applied Strings (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)
  • STRINGS 580 Recital (0 units; 3 registrations required)
  • STRINGS 585 or 595 Final Project Requirement (1 unit)
  • 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)


Three recitals are required. A lecture recital (75 minutes) may be presented as one of the first two required recitals. The final recital is presented after all other recitals are performed, after all qualifying exams have been passed, and after the Final Project has been completed. The final recital is to be self-prepared.
If a lecture recital option is selected as the Final Project, this lecture recital is in addition to the three required recitals, and is not replaced by the optional lecture recital presented as one of the first two.

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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

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