What will I learn?

The PhD in Music Technology is a full-time day program. Students accepted into the PhD program in Music Technology are expected to hold a Master’s degree in Music Technology or from an allied field, such as computing, music, engineering, or media arts and sciences. All applicants must demonstrate mastery of core masters-level material covered in Music Technology. This includes proficiency in: Music theory, performance, composition, and/or analysis; Music Information Retrieval, Digital Signal Processing and Synthesis; Interactive Music Systems Design; and Music Cognition.

Proficiency will be assessed through review of a portfolio of the applicant's work and an interview process. Students may waive the requirement to enroll in specific courses by appealing to the Music Technology Graduate Program Committee. Such appeals will typically be granted only if the student has already taken the same course at Georgia Tech or has taken a substantially equivalent course at another institution, and if the student has earned an exceptional grade in that course.

Our Ph. D. in Music Technology is a fully funded program, including a monthly stipend and tuition waiver. In this program, our students focus on novel research with a broad impact on music, collaborating with faculty on a variety of topics:

  • Interactive music
  • Robotic musicianship
  • Music information retrieval
  • Digital signal processing
  • Mobile music
  • Network music
  • Music education

Which department am I in?

College of Design

Study options

Full Time (66 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $1,215/hr for 1-11 credit hours; USD $14,570 for 12 or more credit hours
Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

10 January 2022


College of Design

245 Fourth Street,



30332, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants for Georgia Tech's graduate programs should hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

A minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based) is required for all non-native English speaking applicants.

Fall 2021 - January 10, 2021
Spring 2022 - October 1, 2021
Fall 2022 - January 10, 2022
Spring 2023 - October 1, 2022

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