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Programs and Majors

CCM offers degrees in composition at the undergradate and graduate levels. Use the following links to learn more about individual degree programs.


Why study Composition?

The DMA in composition offers a deep and broad study of composition and music to inspire students to create professional-level compositions with a variety of techniques and genres, and to grasp the knowledge needed to teach music at the college level. Areas of study include composition topics, music theory and history, and electroacoustic and computer music. Opportunities for research allow students to pursue projects of their own design, and the cognate allows for coursework in a secondary area of focus chosen in consultation with their advisor. Collaboration between musicians and with other disciplines is encouraged. The program is flexible enough to allow students to forge their own path, while providing a strong musical basis.

The successful student develops their compositional skills and talent, cultivates their imagination, research abilities, theoretical and historical knowledge, and critical thinking skills. Opportunities to develop teaching skills exist in assistantships in composition, electronic music, and other departments. Collaboration possibilities are available with CCM musicians, and artists and scientists from other disciplines.

Career Possibilities

The DMA prepares graduates for entry to the profession in the field of composition. Many graduates are employed in tenure-track/tenured positions in colleges and universities such as Princeton University, Virginia Tech, Stony Brook University, City University of New York (Brooklyn), SUNY Potsdam, Otterbein University, National University of Singapore, Washington University, China Conservatory of Music, Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing), Rhodes College, Portland State University, St. Lawrence University, and others. Other career paths have included programming and arts administration, with appropriate cognate work.   

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts. CCM's educational roots date back to 1867, and a solid, visionary instruction has been at its core since that time. CCM's faculty and staff and its state-of-the-art facilities make possible the professional training and exceptional education on which CCM believes the future of the arts relies. The school's roster of eminent faculty regularly receives distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and its alumni have achieved notable success in the performing and media arts. More than 150 internationally recognized faculty members work with students from around the world. The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world's stage.

Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, International student requirements and application deadlines please visit the CCM Admissions website.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

CCM's founding schools (the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the College of Music of Cincinnati) were both charter members of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The requirements for entrance and graduation in all music programs are in accordance with the published regulations of NASM.

Quick Facts

Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Composition

Full-Time Program Duration

5 Years


Uptown Campus West


University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003
Phone: (513) 556-0807
Dr. Mara Helmuth