Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Contemporary Music Performance (MU76)

UC San Diego's Department of Music is internationally recognized as the West Coast's premiere center for education and innovation in new music. Founded in 1966 by composers Robert Erickson and Will Ogdon, it was designed to provide a unique environment in which composers, performers and scholars could collaborate and engage with the most vital ideas and newest technologies in order to push the boundaries of contemporary music. The Department offers Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Musical Arts (M.A., Ph.D., and D.M.A.) degrees.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Arts and Humanities
Department Music
Major Contemporary Music Performance
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

Performance applicants must indicate their primary instruments: Bass, Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Computer, Conducting, French Horn, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Harpsichord, Oboe, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin, Voice, Other.

Application Deadlines December 4, 2020 (Fall 2021)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is recommended.

As of 2019, applicants are no longer required to submit scores for either the GRE General or Subject Tests. Applicants can optionally submit scores for the GRE General Test (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical sections)
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Online only.

Statement of Purpose


Online only; 3 page limit.



Contact Info

Campus Office Conrad Prebys Music Center
Phone (858) 534-3230
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Dept of Music Graduate Affairs
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0099
La Jolla, CA 92093-0099

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