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Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (DMA)

Section 7.15 of the Graduate School Handbook

The doctoral degree rules presented in this document apply to students pursuing the DMA degree, with exceptions to this rule listed below.

DMA Document. After admission to candidacy and in place of a dissertation, the DMA student must demonstrate competence by presenting recitals (in performance) or original works (in composition) and by writing a scholarly document.

The DMA document gives evidence of the candidate’s ability to make a scholarly investigation and to present its results in a clear, concise style. It is a detailed analytical, historical and/or technical study of a coherent segment of the performance literature; or, for composers, it is a study related to composition. The DMA document must conform to Graduate School format requirements as described in the “Guidelines for Preparing Theses, Dissertations, and DMA Documents.”

DMA Committee. The DMA committee is established before the first recital or composition presentation and is subject to the rules of the Graduate Studies Committee.

Final Oral Examination. For DMA students in performance, the final oral examination is concerned primarily, but not exclusively, with the document, the major performance area, and its repertoire. For DMA students in composition, the final oral examination is concerned primarily, but not exclusively, with the DMA document, the area of composition, and music theory.

Electronic Submission of DMA Document. The DMA document must be submitted electronically through OhioLINK (Ohio Library and Information Network) by the published deadline for the semester or summer session of graduation. All DMA documents are also archived with ProQuest/UMI.