Music Composition: PhD

At the core of the School of Music and Dance’s composition program is a thriving artistic community of approximately 45 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral composers.

The program’s comprehensive approach integrates compositional studies with theory, history, ethnomusicology, intermedia technology, contemporary performance practice, multimedia collaboration, and an intensive career development seminar.

A diverse yet focused curriculum prepares each student for a future as a professional composer.

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:

  • Audio or video recordings of compositions  
  • Evidence of live performance of your works 
  • Higher TOEFL/IELTS than UO minimums 
  • List of compositions  
  • List of performances of compositions 
  • Résumé 
  • Scholarly writing sample  
  • Scores of original works for large and small ensembles that demonstrate marked ability and technical skill in composition.  
  • Statement of Purpose  
  • Three letters of recommendation 


  • An interview with a member of the composition faculty can be arranged at the request of the applicant​



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
School of Music and Dance
Campus: Eugene
Fall Term:
Final Deadline - December 10