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Doctor of Musical Arts, Music Education Boston University College of Fine Arts


The Boston University Online Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education (DMA) combines a time-honored curriculum with cutting-edge technology to make this valuable credential available to leading music educators around the world.

A focus on music theory and musicology—and techniques for applying them in the classroom—prepares educators to accomplish their personal and professional goals. The Boston University Online DMA is an exciting opportunity for music educators to achieve career advancement and academic enrichment without interrupting their existing professional lives:

  • Learn from faculty members who are recognized authorities in music education, music theory, and musicology
  • Experience the cultural diversity and rich academic environment of the oldest degree-granting music program in the United States
  • Investigate the philosophy, history, sociology, and psychology of music education
  • Discover innovative teaching methodologies
  • Focus on music from a variety of perspectives, including orchestration, aesthetic traditions, music criticism, and cultural and historical approaches such as African music, American music, and Jazz
  • Explore research techniques and contribute new knowledge to the field of music education by conducting your own study


The online doctorate in Music Education consists of 11 courses (44 credits) in the coursework phase of the degree, which can be completed continuously within 24 months. In addition to the 11 courses and qualifying examinations, students will attend an on-campus residency requirement of approximately one week (1 credit). Students then continue on to write their dissertation with the support of a supervisor (3 credits). The entire program is geared to be completed in an average of 7 years and is comprised of 48 credits total.

Getting Started

Admission to the DMA in Music Education happens once per year for the Fall term. Please complete our inquiry form to receive more information. For assistance with your application or to ask questions, please contact our Manager of Online Admissions at 1-855-884-5636, e-mail, or visit the CFA program website.