Music (Interdisciplinary Digital Media), DMA

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Are you interested in a cross-section of the arts and science? Join a diverse program that challenges you to develop advanced skills in digital sound and experimental media.

The DMA program in music with a concentration in interdisciplinary digital media is a unique collaboration of the School of Music, Dance and Theatre and School of Arts, Media and Engineering. This degree program is designed for students who have interests and the creative skills to work within a cross-section of the arts and sciences.

Program offerings extend beyond typical music coursework of the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, to allow more opportunities for digital sound and experimental media projects.

The program also allows the School of Music, Dance and Theatre and its students to be actively involved in current developments in the ever-changing field of media and digital culture. The state-of-the-art media facilities of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and its hybrid arts-engineering faculty and courses in electronic music are invaluable assets to music students, with resources that complement existing and future courses in electronic music.

This program provides extensive faculty interaction from both the School of Music, Dance and Theatre and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering.

At A Glance

Music (Interdisciplinary Digital Media), DMA

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete this graduate level program.

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Application requirements

Application procedures + requirements

Application deadlines
Spring 2023: October 1, 2022
Fall 2023: December 1, 2022

Curriculum check sheet

Check sheets break down the course requirements for each degree program.

Interdisciplinary digital media + performance (DMA) 2022-23

Affording grad school

Music scholarships
All applicants are automatically considered for merit based scholarships, with priority given to those who audition and/or interview on-campus.

Teaching assistantships
Teaching assistantships are offered to graduate students who convey exceptional ability. Learn more about TA benefits, eligibility and application procedures.

Financial aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

Degree requirements

Required Core (25-27 credit hours)
Music Theory Core Area (12-19)
Music History Core Area (6-15)

Concentration (33 credit hours)
MTC 523 Advanced Composition (6)
MTC 723 Advanced Composition (6)
Arts, Media and Engineering coursework (21)

Electives (9-11 credit hours)

Research (9 credit hours)
MTC 792 Research (9)

Culminating Experience (12 credit hours)
MTC 799 Dissertation (12)

Additional Curriculum Information
Completion of diagnostic exams in musicology and music theory is required of all new graduate music students prior to enrollment in the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre.

Concentration coursework for the Arts, Media and Engineering area must be from the AME prefix.

This program accepts up to 30 credit hours from a previously awarded master's degree with approval from the academic unit and the Graduate College that may be used toward the hours required for the elective and concentration coursework.

Additional information on degree requirements for all graduate music programs may be found on the check sheets posted at

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a U.S. bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an institution in another country and officially recognized by that country.

Applicants must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee:
  2. School of Music, Dance and Theatre application (including a resume and personal statement):
  3. official transcripts
  4. prescreening portfolio
  5. three letters of recommendation
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. The School of Music, Dance and Theatre does not offer conditional admission under any circumstances. In order to meet English proficiency requirements, students should have a TOEFL score of at least 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT), or IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5, or Pearson Test of English score of at least 60.

Students should see the program website for application deadlines.

After all application materials are received and reviewed, including recommendation letters, transcripts and English proficiency requirements, an applicant may be invited for a live interview. Information about the interview may be found at

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