Feb 01, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Doctor of Musical Arts - Specialization in Composition

Colleges  > Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts  > Moores School of Music  > Doctor of Musical Arts Programs  > Specialization in Composition


To provide advanced training and experience for students pursuing a career in composition, and to prepare students to teach composition at the collegiate level.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

In addition or supplementary to the admission requirements stated on the Moores School of Music Doctor of Musical Arts Programs  page, applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Master’s degree in music.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.00 for all graduate work attempted.
  3. Submission of TOEFL scores (as applicable) that meet University of Houston minimum standards.
  4. Appropriate graduate-level composition ability as determined in an examination by composition faculty of previous composition work, presented in score and recorded format.

Degree Requirements:

  • Comprehensive Examination Requirement: Students must pass a comprehensive examination in order to gain admission to candidacy.
  • Foreign Language Requirement: Students must demonstrate reading proficiency in French, German, or Italian in order to gain admission to candidacy.
  • Minor Field: Student shall, in consultation with their doctoral committee and the Graduate Advisor, declare a minor field, consisting of 12 credit hours approved by the committee and the coordinator of the minor field area.
  • Recital Requirement: Students are required to present one full recital of chamber compositions for various media and one major work presented in public performance or reading.


Doctoral Document Track

Complete 4.0 Credit Hours from:

Doctoral Essay Track


¹Additional hours of applied study in the major area are not applied toward the degree plan. Graduate students enrolled for applied study are required to also enroll in an appropriate large ensemble.
²Additional hours of applied music, large ensemble, or doctoral document/essay will not satisfy the free elective requirement.

Program Total: 60.0 Credit Hours