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Office Location
East Studio Building 120 (JS 120)
205 S. Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405

Mailing Address
1201 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

Hours: 8 am–12 pm, 1–5 pm
Phone: 812-855-1738Phone

E-mail: musgrad [at] indiana [dot] edu

musicdgs [at] indiana [dot] edu (Eric Isaacson), Director 
serbes [at] indiana [dot] edu (Sara Erbes), Advisor
anmiller [at] indiana [dot] edu (Angie Miller), Recorder
musgrad [at] indiana [dot] edu (Laurie Staring), Secretary
musdoc [at] indiana [dot] edu (Janis Cooper Parker), Doctoral Clerk

More Information

Doctoral Degree Programs

The Graduate Division of the Jacobs School of Music offers course work leading to the degree of Doctor of Music in the areas of music literature and performance, composition, and conducting. The Jacobs School of Music also offers the Doctor of Music Education degree and, through the University Graduate School, the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the areas of musicology, music education, and music theory.

General Information

Proficiency Requirements

All proficiency requirements must be met by the end of the fifth semester of enrollment.  The Graduate Entrance Exams may be taken only in the first two semesters of enrollment.

Coursework Requirements

Most doctoral degrees require 60 credits of coursework, with 36 in the major field, 12 in a minor field, and 12 additional credits inside or outside the major field. Some majors include a small number of additional "tool subject" credits. For information specific to each major, see the "Major field requirements" link below.

Qualifying Exams

Passing the written and oral qualifying exams admits a student to candidacy for the degree. Qualifying exams are typically started after all coursework is complete, though in some cases they may be started during the final semester of coursework. Students are encouraged to begin their exams no later than the October after they complete coursework and to complete all exams within four to six months. All exams must be completed within one year.

Doctoral Final Project, Dissertation, or Piano Essay

The doctoral document presents original research on a topic relevant to the major field. Students are encouraged to consider possible topics for this capstone requirement while they are still completing coursework. While the document is normally completed after the student has passed the qualifying exams, it is permissible to complete any or all of the document requirements except the public presentation/defense before reaching candidacy. 

Choose your program for more information.