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Music Composition (D)

The primary objective of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree is the recognition of the highest achievement in music performance and teaching, preparing artist-pedagogues for careers in higher education and in the professional world.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation, Supplemental Application / Portfolio

Additional Application Information

Please contact Dr. David Taddie ( for portfolio submission instructions, as well as to set up your interview.

Program Application Test Requirements

Applicants for entrance to the D.M.A. in Composition should send a portfolio of compositions that include a major work (master’s thesis or equivalent) and two or three other shorter works in various genres. The score may be on paper, bound the usual way, or as computer-notated files (Coda Software’s Finale preferred) on compact disc or ZIP disc. Portable document file format (Adobe Acrobat) is acceptable. Please do not use floppy discs. Doctoral instruction in composition is generally in classical styles; no more than one application work may be in some other style (jazz, popular song, etc.). Questions about the application portfolio compositions should be addressed to the composer-in-residence or director of graduate studies.

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

March 1

Spring Deadline

January 1

Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The School of Music and its programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

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