Online Doctoral Degrees in Music

An online doctoral degree in music may provide the opportunity for individuals to expand and refine their musical craft. In this three to five-year program, students may specialize in a cognate area of their choice such as conducting, music history, or performance. Program coursework may include dissertation courses alongside core classes including music education research, orchestration, and American Music.

Upon graduation, students may seek employment in their chosen field of music. Doctoral-level graduates may find employment in post-secondary education, musical production, and the entertainment industry.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
  • Program Length: Three to five years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 10% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for doctoral-level music degree programs may consist of core coursework alongside research-heavy dissertation classes. These classes may teach students the theoretical and conceptual meaning of different musical styles. Core music courses may include the following:

  • Orchestration
  • Critique in Music Education
  • Res and Biblio
  • Community Music Perspectives
  • Jazz and Popular Arranging
  • Music Education Research
  • American Music

Career Options

Doctoral-level graduates may gain employment in post-secondary education, music entertainment, music production, self-enrichment education, and music publishing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, music director and composition employment opportunities are projected to increase by 10% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Composer
  • Music Director
  • College Professor
  • Music Producer
  • Conductor

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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