Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Composition

The University of Miami Frost School of Music’s Department of Music Theory and Composition offers six degrees in composition, and crossover between areas is highly encouraged. Because versatility is vital for success in music, our concert composition students study Film Music, and our commercial composers learn to write for string quartets. 

We want you to leave the Frost School with a strong individual voice and competitive skills that will open doors in your future.  Choose the degree that best develops the passion you want to spend your life pursuing!

There are two undergraduate and four graduate degree options:

B.M. - Bachelor of Music in Composition - with a major in Theory and Composition
For the undergraduate who yearns to discover techniques for composing for orchestra, voice, chamber ensembles, and experimental instruments. 

B.M. - Bachelor of Music in Composition - with a major in Media Writing and Production
For the undergraduate aspiring to work in the music industry, writing commercial and film, film and related creative activities such as arranging and production.

M.M. - Master of Music in Composition
For the graduate composition student wanting to transition into the world of serious composition.

M.M. - Master of Music in Digital Arts and Sound Design
For the graduate composition student focusing on music technology’s creative possibilities.

M.M. - Master of Music in Media Writing and Production
For the graduate composition student preparing for the commercial world of music.

D.M.A. - Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition
For the student intending to pursue a career in composing concert music.  The D.M.A. represents the terminal degree in composition, enabling college teaching opportunities.

Students may also minor in composition.  See UM Academic Bulletin for details.