What will I learn?

Description of Program

The Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) program is the most advanced course of study offered in the School of Music at James Madison University. The program has been designed to make graduates more marketable in higher education by emphasizing pedagogy and literature along with advanced performance or conducting skills. The program seeks candidates who have the potential to pursue the highest level of achievement in conducting/performance and teaching.

The three-year degree requires completion of 60-72 credit hours, including core and concentration requirements. There is a two-year residency requirement. In the third year of the degree, D.M.A. students must pass comprehensive written and oral examinations.




  • Brass Area
  • Percussion Area
  • Piano Area
  • String Area
  • Vocal Area
  • Woodwind Area

Which department am I in?

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Study options

Full Time (60-72 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $73,860 for 60 credit hours
Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Visual and Performing Arts

Forbes Center for the Performing Arts,

MSC 2107, 147 Warsaw Ave,



22807, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: PBT (Paper Based TOEFL): 570.

For international students

Anyone who has or will obtain a Bachelor's degree from an officially recognized college or university outside or inside the U.S. may apply for graduate admission.

English language proficiency test scores:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT total score of 80 or above

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score of 6.5 or above

Application Deadline

March 30 is the deadline

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.