PhD in Music Technology

PhD in Music Technology

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Music Technology is an Indiana University degree offered within the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.  This research degree allows a student to pursue doctoral-level coursework and research under the direct advisement of a Graduate Faculty member in Music Technology.  For more information regarding faculty led research, please visit the Research pages.

The principal objectives of this on-campus doctoral program are to create future researchers, educators, and leaders who will:

  1. Conduct research and develop transformative new technologies in music and the arts.
  2. Examine the practices of designing, making, and managing music technology. 
  3. Grow the methodologies of research in music technology.
  4. Apply music technology in society and industry.

This is a 90-credit hour degree.  For students entering with a Master’s Degree, there is the possibility of transferring up to 30 hours of previous graduate course credits. Direct PhDs are possible as well.  For more information, please contact the Graduate Program Director at 

Application Information

Applications are completed through the IUPUI Graduate Office website and require the information listed below.  The Admissions Committee will evaluate all materials submitted when determining admission. 

  • Statement of Purpose  – This is a short essay discussing the applicant’s ideas for doctoral research and arguing how their expertise and interests make them the a strong candidate for pursuing this research.  In preparing this statement, applicants should identify the faculty member(s) that they are most interested in working with. The Statement of Purpose should not exceed three double-spaced pages.
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)  – Three letters from individuals are required to provide authoritative support for the applicant’s potential success in graduate studies, such as previous instructors, employers, mentors, etc. 
  • Portfolio  – The portfolio is the opportunity for the applicant to persuasively demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and potential ability to engage and contribute to high-quality research in Music Technology.  The applicant may submit a portfolio of samples of previous professional, artistic, or academic work on music, technology, and/or related fields.  The ideal portfolio will consist of both musical/technical artifacts and writing samples.  The portfolio should be made available online (e.g. in your personal webpage) and the URL pointing to the portfolio should be included on the resume submitted as part of the application. 
  • Musical/Technical Artifacts - Examples include, but are not limited to musical compositions, recordings (please note your role in the recording process), performances, project deliverables, hardware and software development, web pages, digital musical instruments, audio code, acoustic designs, etc.  
  • Writing Samples  – As part of the portfolio three samples of previous scholarly, academic, or technical work on music technology or related fields are required.  These samples should represent the applicant’s ability to conduct research and write effectively about their area of specialization.  Submission of published work is preferred. 
  • Resume/curriculum vitae - A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) will be submitted to document the applicant’s academic, scholarly, and career history.  
  • Research Advisor Support Letter – The Graduate Program Director will facilitate the applicant in making contact with potentially interested advisors.  Prior to application, the student will be in contact with an MAT Graduate Faculty member, who will conditionally agree to serve as the applicant’s major advisor.  This future major advisor will submit a support letter, as part of the application process, that will 1) clearly state that they will serve as the major advisor and 2) explain why the faculty member is a good match for this applicant’s particular research interests.  
  • Transcripts – The applicant will need to submit transcript(s) and/or academic documents for every institution of higher education attended. If a transcript is not in English, please upload an English translated certified by the college which issued the transcript.  All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application are considered unofficial.  The unofficial transcript(s) will be used for the application review and admission purposes.  If the applicant is admitted for admission, they must submit official hard copy transcripts directly to the IUPUI Graduate School upon arrival to campus.  If the applicant is currently finishing a baccalaureate degree, they will be required to submit a document that certifies the awarding of that degree.  Note: We do not require transcripts from Indiana University campuses. 
  • GRE  score (required) - The IUPUI school code for the GRE is 1325 – enter this code on the exam’s answer sheets.  
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores - For non-native English speakers, TOEFL or IELTS scores taken within the last two years will need to be submitted.  Minimum required scores: 79 TOEFL, 6.5 IELTS.  The IUPUI school code is 1325.  This requirement may be waived if a BS or MS degree has been earned in the United States, ELS Level 112 has been successfully completed, or if the applicant has been placed into G013 or higher on the IUPUI ESL Placement Test. 

Plan of Study Template

Admitted students will develop a Plan of Study with their Major Advisor.