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Music (D.M.A.)

Required Materials for the application include:

  • Statement of Purpose: 

    • Please explain your compositional interests and include materials (compositions, essays) that reflect and discuss the compositional ideas, cultures, and/or techniques that are important to your work. If you are interested in computer-assisted composition, please explain your interest and include either an example of a computer program you have written (a source code for the program plus documentation describing its use) or other evidence of technical competence with computers. 

    • Please include your name in the footer of each page of your Statement of Purpose.

  • Personal History Statement:  This statement will be used in conjunction with your application for graduate admission and financial support. Note that the Personal History Statement should not duplicate the Statement of Purpose. Recommended length is a concise 1-3 pages. 

    • ​UC Santa Cruz is interested in a diverse and inclusive graduate student population. In an essay, discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree.

  • Composition scores

  • Composition recordings

  • Writing sample (e.g., term paper or senior thesis).

  • Résumé

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