Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Students will refine their musical voice as creative artists, and their skills as collaborators with performers and generative artists.
  • Students will demonstrate their mastery of technical skills in music composition, analysis, and of style, genre and media.
  • Students will develop their skills as artists, collaborators, and speakers, to promote their work.
  • Students will build their careers as composers and academics through arts advocacy, mentoring and/or teaching.

Required Courses

Take the following course 3 times:9
Advanced Composition
CONSVTY 5533Advanced Composition3
or CONSVTY 5534 Advanced Electronic Music Composition
CONSVTY 5699Dissertation Research 16
CONSVTY 5589Academic Portfolio2
Conservatory 5500-5600Music History (three courses) 29
Conservatory 5500-5600Music Theory (three courses)9
CONSVTY 5593Introduction To Research And Bibliography In Music3
Electives 9
Total Credits50

An extended work in a format approved by the composition faculty. Two copies of the full score must be placed in the Conservatory Library.


All doctoral students are required to complete three graduate music history courses. One must be a period course (CONSVTY 5555 - CONSVTY 5559B), one must be a seminar course, and the remaining course may be either.