2017-2018 Bulletin 
    Jul 19, 2018  
2017-2018 Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Musical Arts, DMA

Students accepted into the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) program are expected to attend the program’s concerts, lectures, and symposia.  In addition, students are encouraged to take part in the performance groups of The Claremont Colleges. 

Degree Requirements

Admission. Beginning with the Fall 2017 term the GRE examination is not required for admission to the Doctor of Music Arts (DMA) program. Admission policies are detailed in the Admission  section of the Bulletin.

Coursework.  A minimum of 72 units are required.  In addition to core courses, additional coursework and other requirements apply according to the student’s area of specialization. 

Language Requirement. Depending upon the program of study and research interest, reading proficiency in two languages is required.  Languages may include French, German, Italian, or Latin. Successful completion of the language requirement is recommended by the end of the student’s second semester in the program and required prior to the scheduling of written and oral qualifying examinations.

Qualifying Examinations.  Exam schedules are posted during the academic year.  All students are required to take and pass written and oral qualifying examinations. In the event of a failure, a second opportunity to pass the exam may be provided at the next scheduled exam date with the approval of the advisor and the program.  Other guidelines and forms are available on the registrar’s Qualifying Exams webpage.

Transfer Credit. The University’s policy on transfer credit  applies.  A maximum of 24 units may be transferred.

University Policies.  University policies detailed in the Academic Policies  section of the Bulletin apply.


Performance or Composition

  • 8 units from MUS 401-406
  • Major area of concentration–performance or composition (16 units)
  • MUS 203 - Collegium Musicum or MUS 271 - Chamber Music (4 units)
  • Music electives
  • Interdisciplinary courses (8 units)
  • Four recitals
  • DMA Paper

Historical Performance Practices

  • 8 units from MUS 401-406
  • MUS 230-293 Individual Lessons (16 units)
  • MUS 304 - History of Performance Practices (4 units)
  • MUS 203 - Collegium Musicum or MUS 271 - Chamber Music (4 units)
  • Music electives
  • Interdisciplinary course (4 units)
  • Two recitals
  • Two lecture recitals
  • DMA Paper