PhD in Music Technology

PhD in Music Technology

Research Opportunities in Music Technology

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. You'll take courses in mathematics and computer science at the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematics and pursue research opportunities in the fields of computer science, music theory, music cognition, machine learning, mathematics, and artificial intelligence as related to problems in the recording, performance, analysis, perception, and composition of music.

What You'll Learn
  • 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

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree. 

How You'll Learn

Foundation Courses, Specialization Electives, and Research Requirements
This doctoral degree requires a minimum of 48 points, or credits. The program of study is distributed among foundation courses, cognate coursework related to your area of specialization, content and dissertation proposal seminars, coursework in specialized research methodologies, and research requirements. See a full course list for the PhD in Music Technology.

Work Closely with Doctoral Faculty at NYU Steinhardt and NYU Courant
You'll be mentored closely by faculty at both NYU Steinhardt and the Courant Institute, benefitting from courses, facilities, resources, and rich research opportunities at both schools.

A Flexible PhD Program 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.

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 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 and how, see NYU’s Office of Global Services: STEM OPT.

Degree Details
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Dr. Robert Rowe
Program Director