Doctoral Degrees

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 an area of secondary emphasis, several supervised college teaching experiences, comprehensive written and oral exams, and the dissertation.

The DA degree requires a total of 90 hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor's degree (Up to 30 hours of coursework from the master's degree can be applied). 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 Music Handbook 2016-2017


See our graduate placement record.