Doctor of Musical Arts Degree

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Application Rounds

Required Application Materials

Once you have started your application, you can save your progress and return to your application at any time.

When you have completed your application, you will be able to review and submit it before paying the application fee of $120. Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed or scheduled for an audition/interview unless we have receive the application fee. If you feel that you qualify for an application fee waiver, please email with your request.

After submission you will not be able to make changes to the application itself, but you will be able to edit your portfolio through your application status portal.

After you have submitted your application

  • Financial Aid Application – Due March 1st
  • Required Exams
  • Auditions/Interviews
    • Please check our COVID-19 protocols for the most recent information about visiting our campus.
    • Composition: An interview with the appropriate faculty will be scheduled along with, or in lieu of, your audition.
    • All DMA committee interviews will be virtual, regardless of your selected audition/interview modality.
    • Recorded Auditions
    • Asia Regional Auditions (instrumental applicants only)
      • Voice applicants taking part in regional auditions must provide their own accompanist. If you can’t bring an accompanist to regional auditions for your voice audition, the only option is to withdraw from the regional auditions.
  • When will you learn the results?

Recommendation Letters

You will be asked to submit email addresses for three people who know your musical ability. These people will automatically be emailed with instructions on how to electronically submit their recommendation. While you must submit these email addresses by the December 1st deadline, your recommenders will have until February 1st to submit their recommendations.

If you want to change your recommender or their email address after submitting your application, please contact the admissions office at

Teacher Preference – Performance areas

You are strongly encouraged to list studio teacher preferences on your application if applicable. These preferences have no bearing on the consideration for your admission to Peabody and are not shared with the faculty prior to your audition.

Studios can fill up quickly, especially in the larger departments, so we recommend listing 2 to 3 different faculty choices for areas of study that have multiple studio faculty. If you have any questions about teacher assignments, please contact the admissions office at

Biographies are listed alphabetically here, or you can find their information on the department’s specific page under Area of Study. More information can be found on our FAQ page.

English Proficiency

  • International applicants for all programs must submit a verified TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score by the deadlines below.
    • We do not accept the Duolingo English Test. We are now accepting the TOEFL iBT Home Edition (policy update as of 10/4/2022) if Covid-19 policies in your home country have prevented you from taking the TOEFL at a test center.
  • International students currently studying at an institution where English is the primary language, or in the US, should submit a TOEFL/IELTS score if their period of enrollment in that school is less than two years.
    • Students enrolled for two years or longer at a school in which English is the primary language should submit a transcript from this school and do not need to submit an English proficiency test score.
  • Test scores will be self-reported on the application but verified test scores must be submitted to Peabody through their respective testing agencies by the deadlines below. Peabody’s TOEFL School Code is 5532.
  • Test score submission deadlines:
    • December 1st for those who have also submitted an assistantship application
    • February 1st for all other applicants
    • If we do not have an official score by these dates, your application will be considered incomplete and we will be unable to make an admission decision.
  • Minimum score requirements: TOEFL – 79, IELTS – 6.5 overall band score.
    • We do not accept the TOEFL “My Best Scores”.


Please scan and upload your transcripts from all schools you have attended to our application.

  • These transcripts may be an official or unofficial copy.
  • Please include classes that are in progress for which you have not yet received grades.
  • We will not accept hard copy transcripts during the application process. Transcripts must be uploaded to your application.
  • If you are accepted and choose to enroll at Peabody, we will ask you to request that your school send a hard copy of your final transcript before orientation.
  • International applicants are required to upload an official English translation of all transcripts.

Students matriculating into the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program should present evidence of a Master of Music degree or its demonstrated equivalent.

Repertoire List

Upload a representative list of the repertoire you have studied in your major instrument or area. Composition applicants should list your own works with instrumentation. Please indicate any repertoire performed in public with an asterisk (*). Piano or Voice applicants must upload a complete repertoire list.


Upload a copy of your resume.


All applicants must submit an analytical or historical essay written within the previous two years.

  • Essays may deal with any aspect of music, including: analysis, theory, history, criticism, and performance practice.
  • Topics about pedagogy or instrumental techniques should be linked to a specific composer or period.
  • Your paper should present and support an original thesis or argument, and should be typed, at least 1,500 words in length, and supported by citations and references.

The DMA application process is complex. Your application and writing sample will be assigned to a committee for review several weeks before your interview. Because of this, your application cannot be processed until we have your essay. This will become important if we run out of interview times.

Be reminded that DMA auditions only take place in February, so we have no “fall back” position if the interview or audition times fill up.

Financial Aid

All applicants who complete an audition/interview are automatically considered for Peabody’s merit-based scholarships. FAFSA/CSS Profile deadline:

  • Regular Decision: February 15th

The FAFSA/CSS Profile submission is encouraged but not required for admission. Please note that you must submit the FAFSA if you wish to be considered for need-based aid such as work-study and grant aid. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

Required Exams

Exams are required for the following DMA and/or Graduate Assistantship (GA) applicants, to be completed prior to your audition/interview. You will receive notice and instructions about these exams via email. GA applicants will only be scheduled for a GA interview if they meet the minimum test score requirements to qualify for said interview.

  • Music History Entrance Exam
    • All DMA applicants
  • Graduate Assistant and DMA Theory Test (GADMA)
    • All DMA applicants
  • Ear Training Placement Exam
    • Conducting applicants
    • Music Theory Pedagogy applicants
    • Music Theory GA applicants
    • Ear Training GA applicants
    • Keyboard Studies GA applicants


Regular Admission Audition Week: About a month before your in-person audition or virtual interview, you will receive an invitation stating the date and time of your scheduled audition/interview. Audition requirements can be found here.

  • The audition/interview typically lasts about 7-20 minutes, depending on your area. Artist Diploma auditions may be longer.
  • Accompanists are provided for voice auditions held at Peabody ONLY. Accompanists are not required for other majors, but you may bring one if you wish.

Recorded Auditions must be submitted by February 1st. Please note that not all instruments are eligible to submit a recorded audition.

DMA applicants will be scheduled for DMA interview in addition to their major area audition/interview. Be reminded that DMA auditions only take place in February, so we have no “fall back” position if you miss your scheduled interview.

  • This interview will take place virtually with a committee of Peabody faculty, regardless of the audition/modality that you selected.
  • DMA Piano and Orchestral Conducting applicants will be scheduled for an interview after their major area audition (1st round for Orchestral Conducting), if they are advanced by the area’s faculty.

When will you learn the results?

Information from your audition and application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee after all auditions/interviews are complete. Decisions for incomplete applications will not be made until we receive the missing information. Regular Admission decisions will be released on April 1st.