George Mason University
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George Mason University

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

  • Brian Wuttke
  • de Laski Performing Arts Bldg, A432
    4400 University Drive, MS 3E3
    Fairfax, VA 22030
  • 703-993-1381

Program Overview

The Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) requires 90 credits, 60 credits beyond the Master’s degree in music. Areas of concentrations are composition, conducting, and performance. While these concentrations share some of the required course work, each is also distinct in course requirements. Professional musicians earn the DMA to enhance and extend their knowledge and practice within their area of specialization. The DMA student focuses on the profession of music performance, as well as the theory and practice of the discipline.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.


Doctoral students participate in ensembles and coursework taught by world-renowned faculty in each concentration, and have the opportunity to work closely with professor-mentors, who advise on academic and musical projects. Students may have the chance to teach college-level courses while pursuing their studies to gain practical classroom or applied music experience, and may also give lessons through the Potomac Arts Academy, a community arts school that is affiliated with the university. Other opportunities include research collaboration and possibly internships with other university offices and departments.  

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