Graduate Application Guide

Music Technology (MUTD-PHD)

Prepare for a career in university teaching, industry research and development, multimedia, audio computation, and other research fields at the constantly shifting intersection of music and technology. Doctoral coursework involves research opportunities in music information retrieval; digital signal processing; interactive music systems; 3D audio; music cognition; computer science; artificial intelligence; and the recording, performance, analysis, perception, and composition of music. 

Academic Plan Code: MUTD

Degree: PHD

Credits: 48

Academic Load: The time it takes for you to complete this program will vary, based on if you study full-time or part-time and the number of credits you register for each semester. Please be aware that some programs do not offer a part-time option.  

Application Deadlines
Spring: N/A 
Summer: N/A
Fall: December 1

Program Information
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Admissions Requirements

You should be proficient in at least one, but preferably more, of the following areas of knowledge: music technology, music performance, musicology, music theory, cognition, physics, mathematics, computer science, computer programming, electronics, and signal processing. You should also have a relevant master's degree completed with a high grade-point average.

How to Apply

There are a limited number of full-time fellowships available. If a full-time fellowship is not available, you may be interested in being considered for part-time study, which provides no school-based funding. The online application provides a question in which you indicate your interest in being considered for part-time study should a full-time position be unavailable.

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

1. Prepare Your Application

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application. 

Statement of Purpose

As part of your application, you are required to upload a statement of purpose that discusses your ideas for doctoral research, their context and potential impact, and argues how your expertise and interests make you the best candidate for pursuing this research. Please also identify the faculty member(s) that you are most interested in working with. The name of this faculty member, together with your name, should be included on the header of the statement. Maximum length: four pages. 

Letters of Recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.

Writing Samples

Please submit samples of previous scholarly work on music technology or related fields. You must submit at least three papers that best represent your ability to conduct research and write effectively about your area of specialization. We encourage you to submit published work.


Optional. If relevant to your application, you may submit a portfolio of samples of previous professional, artistic or academic work on music, technology and related fields. Examples include, but are not limited to: school papers, scientific publications (eight pages maximum), webpages or audiovisual materials of work you have composed, performed, recorded, mixed and/or produced. The portfolio should be made available online (e.g. on your personal webpage). Please include the URL included on the résumé or CV that you upload as part of your application.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline. See detailed instructions.


Required. See testing requirements

Proficiency in English


2. Apply


Start your application now

After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items 

If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.


3. Receive Your Admission Decision

You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late March or early April for Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.