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Prepare for a career in university teaching, industry research and development, multimedia, and more at the constantly shifting intersection of music and technology. Take courses in math and computer science at NYU Courant and pursue research in music theory and cognition, machine learning, and artificial intelligence as they relate to the recording, performance, analysis, perception, and composition of music.

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PhD in Music Technology

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A Flexible PhD Tailored to Your Areas of Interest

You will be able to personalize your program around your individual interests, taking courses that further your particular area of specialization in the field of music technology.

Throughout your doctorate, you will study:

  • Research methodologies in music and music education
  • Scientific computing
  • The psychology of music
  • Digital signal theory
  • 3D audio or music information retrieval
  • Foundations in mathematics and computer science
  • Curricular development and hands-on teaching experience

The program of study is distributed among foundation courses, cognate course work related to your area of specialization, content and dissertation proposal seminars, course work in specialized research methodologies, and research requirements. 

You'll be mentored closely by faculty at both NYU Steinhardt and the Courant Institute, benefiting from courses, facilities, resources, and rich research opportunities at both schools.

Funding for Full-Time PhD Students

If you are accepted as a full-time NYU Steinhardt PhD student without an alternate funding source, you are eligible for our competitive funding package, which includes a scholarship and tuition remission. Learn more about our funding opportunities.


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Program Benefits for International Students

If you’re an international student, you may be able to work in the United States after graduation for an extended period of time. Most students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) off-campus work authorization. F-1 students in our program may also be eligible for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) OPT extension, allowing you to extend your time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for a total of 36 months or 3 years. For more information on who can apply for this extension visit NYU’s Office of Global Services: STEM OPT.