Ball State University's doctor of arts degree with a major in music prepares superior musicians for careers that combine teaching, performance, and scholarship. The program integrates depth of preparation in one of the traditional disciplines of music with a School of Music core, an area of secondary emphasis, several supervised college teaching experiences, comprehensive written and oral exams, and the dissertation.
Successful graduates are effective and productive artist/scholars who are qualified to perform professionally or to teach a specific music discipline at the college or university level, as well as to teach in a secondary area or to take on other responsibilities characteristic of many faculty positions.
The DA degree requires a total of 90 hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor's degree (the master's degree counts for the first 30 hours). Most students can meet all requirements in three years of full-time study.
Our doctoral program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Learn more about this program by following the links to the right, or contact Dr. Linda Pohly, Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Music. For new and prospective students see the Graduate Handbook 2013-2014 (PDF).
See our graduate placement record.
Watch a short video about graduate admission requirements and assistantship application procedures.
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