Doctoral Admissions

The Doctor of Arts degree with a major in music is designed to prepare superior musicians for careers that combine teaching, performance, and scholarship. The broadly designed 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, and the dissertation. The successful graduate will be an effective and productive artist/scholar who is qualified to perform professionally, to conduct research or compose, and to teach a specific music discipline at the college or university level, as well as to take on more diverse teaching responsibilities characteristic of many faculty positions.

Basic Doctoral Admissions Requirements

All applicants for the Doctor of Arts degree must demonstrate an aptitude for and an interest in teaching, as well as superior achievement in music performance, composition or research.

The applicant must have a master's degree from a regionally accredited school. The cumulative grade point average on the master's degree must be not less than 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

If the proposed area of primary emphasis is music education, the applicant must have had at least three years of successful teaching experience.

All Doctor of Arts applicants will be invited to the School of Music for an interview with faculty from the proposed major area of study (usually scheduled on the same day as the audition/testing). Applicants must be interviewed prior to admission to the program, and prior to the awarding of the doctoral assistantship. Applicants should call the Graduate Coordinator to discuss possible dates for the interview/audition/testing. Audition information may be found here.

More Information

For questions and complete information on program requirements please consult:

School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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