Doctoral Program - Music Technology

Doctoral Application Information

Application Deadlines

The application deadline for Fall semester start is December 1. 

All application materials must be in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline. The Office of Graduate Admissions reserves the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline.


Applicants to the doctoral program in Music Technology are expected:

  • To demonstrate a record of excellence in academic performance and a strong commitment to their particular field of study
  • To 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
  • To have a relevant master's degree completed with a high grade point average (or equivalent for non-US students)

Application Process

For complete information about the application process, including instructions on how to apply and application requirements, please visit the Application Guide for the PhD in Music Technology.

Please note that:

  • All doctoral applicants are required to take the GRE, and have their results forwarded to the graduate admissions office. These results must arrive by the application deadline.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English are required to take one of the following English proficiency exams: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic. See more information on English proficiency testing.
  • We require 3 recommendation letters, to be submitted electronically using the online application system.
  • Your statement of objectives (not to exceed 3 pages) is a short essay discussing your ideas for doctoral research, their context and potential impact, and arguing how your expertise and interests make you the best candidate for pursuing this research. In preparing this statement you should identify the faculty member(s) that you are most interested in working with. The name of this faculty member, together with your name and social security number, should be included on the header of the statement.

We also require the following supplemental application materials:

  • Samples of previous scholarly work on music technology or related fields. Applicants must submit at least three papers that best represent their ability to conduct research and write effectively about their area of specialization. Applicants are encouraged to submit published work as evidence.
  • 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 (max. 8 pages-long), web pages or audiovisual materials of work you have composed, performed, recorded, mixed and/or produced. The portfolio should be made available online (e.g. in your personal webpage), and the URL included on the resume submitted as part of your application.

Phone Interviews

As part of the application process, prospective students may be contacted by a member of the Music Technology full-time faculty to schedule a phone interview. The first of these conversations usually occur in mid-January, but more than one conversation might be necessary before arriving at a decision.

These calls are intended to discuss the applicant's research interests and background, motivation to come to NYU, and how they fit into our program, as well as addressing any questions that they may have regarding the program and the university.

Notification of Admission

Doctoral applicants should expect to receive notifications of accept/reject by mid-March. In some cases, this may take longer depending on funding issues.


All students in the doctoral program in Music Technology are fully funded. Every year, a small number of doctoral fellowships, research and adjunct teaching positions are available, with the exact number depending on external funding and the quality of applications. Doctoral fellowships are typically for 3-4 years, including full tuition remission plus fees, a yearly stipend of US $22,440 (for the 2009-10 academic year), and health benefits. In return, doctoral students are expected to work up to 20 hours a week under faculty direction in research, teaching, and administrative duties, with an emphasis on the former.

We also encourage prospective students with access to external funds to apply to our program. Please note, however, that having access to funds, while positive, is not the primary criterium for acceptance, and does not guarantee it. See sources of external funding directly accessilble to applicants.

Contact information

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