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Online Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education

Here’s your opportunity to study with many of the nation’s most innovative thought leaders, policy makers, and researchers in music education. Immerse yourself in subjects that offer the potential to transform music education for you and your students. Engage with fellow music educators from around the world who will become valued friends and contacts. Advance quickly in an accelerated program and employ the latest technology from a college that practically invented music education.

Earn a doctoral degree from a university respected internationally for excellence in teaching and research.

  • 17th in global employability survey of its graduates featured in the New York Times, 10/24/2012.
  • 37th Best Global University, U.S. News & World Report.
  • 42nd among national universities, U.S. News & World Report.
  • 57th international universities, The Times Higher Education Supplement.
  • 75th world-wide ranking, The Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The degree consists of three components: coursework, qualifying examinations, and dissertation. You will prepare for advancement in the field of music education by developing and honing research skills, sharpening proficiency in theory and history, developing a specialization, and producing a dissertation of publishable quality that adds new knowledge, moving the field of music education forward. Your dissertation can become the basis for a scholarly article, series of articles, or book. Many of our doctoral students and their faculty mentors have co-presented at international conferences.

Take advantage of BU’s world-class doctoral program online

  • The rigor of a top-notch program designed to fit your busy schedule.
  • Tradition and innovation: employ the latest technology from a school that practically invented music education.
  • Work with a diverse faculty of accomplished musicians, scholars, researchers, and educators.
  • Immerse yourself in subjects that offer the potential to transform music education for you and your students.
  • Study the history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and technology of music education.
  • Engage with fellow music educators from around the world who will become contacts.
  • Advance quickly through an accelerated curriculum with competitive cost.
  • Access Boston University’s extensive, world-class resources.
  • No GRE requirement.

Publish your work

Your dissertation can become the basis for a scholarly article, series of articles, or book. Here are some recent dissertation titles:

  • Dr. Matthew Warner: Paradox, Problem, and Potential in Secondary School Jazz Education.
  • Dr. Owen Brian Williams: Transformational Leadership in a High School Choral Program.
  • Dr. Erick Figueras: Constructing and Contextualizing a Multinational Burnout Profile of High School Music Teachers.
  • Dr. Peter Archer: A History of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College of The City University of New York 1938-2010.

CAGS: A Professional Development Alternative

If the time needed to obtain a doctoral degree is not possible, consider BU's online Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Music Education. The 32-credit CAGS program will enhance your technological skills and can be completed in as little as 18-24 months.

We hope to hear from you. Call us for program details.
1-855-884-5636.

Enrollment in the MM or DMA in Music Education program offered by Boston University does not lead to a public school (p–12) teacher licensure or a subject field endorsement (for public P–12 Schools) in Arkansas.