Graduate Studies

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The graduate programs of study at MSM are for exceptional students, helping them perfect their musical competencies and professional artistry.

Graduate degrees offered

  • Master of Music (MM)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
  • Dual Degree in Music and Music Education

About the Master of Music (MM)

The Master of Music degree is an advanced two-year full-time course of study for students who have completed an undergraduate degree. The program is focused primarily on professional training and the refinement of musical craft.

Students at the Master’s degree level learn to practice their art with technical assurance and communicative power. This program is offered in Classical Studies, Orchestral Performance, Contemporary Performance, and Jazz Arts.

About the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

The doctoral program consists of two separate divisions: classical and jazz arts. Completion of the program requires a minimum of 60 credits in approved graduate courses. Students are expected to demonstrate strong academic capabilities in addition to a high level of achievement in performance or composition. Admission to the program is determined by audition and examinations in music history and theory.

About the Music Education and Performance Dual Degree

Manhattan School of Music and Teachers College Columbia University offer a dual degree at the Master’s level. This accelerated program is designed to be completed in three years and awards a Master of Music (MM) from Manhattan School of Music and a Master of Education (EdM) in Music Education with New York State K–12 Music Teacher Certification from Teachers College Columbia University.

Offered at Graduate level only:

Please note: The following programs at MSM are only available for Graduate level studies.