Ph.D. in Music Technology

Our PhD in Music Technology is a fully funded program, including a monthly stipend and tuition waiver. In this program, our students focus on novel research with a broad impact on music, collaborating with faculty on a variety of topics:

  • Interactive music
  • Robotic musicianship
  • Music information retrieval
  • Digital signal processing
  • Mobile music
  • Network music
  • Music education

Additionally, our students are trained in research methods, teaching pedagogy, and an interdisciplinary minor field. We ensure all of our PhD students are prepared for careers in academia, industry research labs, or their own startup companies.

What do I need in order to be considered?

In order to be accepted into the Music Technology PhD program, you are expected to hold a Master’s degree in Music Technology or from a similar field, such as computing, music, engineering, or media arts and sciences. Regardless of what Masters degree you hold, all applicants are expected to demonstrate expertise of core masters-level material covered in Music Technology. This includes proficiency in:

  • Music theory, performance, composition, and/or analysis
  • Music Information Retrieval
  • Digital Signal processing and Synthesis
  • Interactive Music Systems Design
  • Music Cognition

We will determine your proficiency through an extensive review of a portfolio of your work, and an interview process.

Students may waive the requirement to enroll in specific courses by appealing to the Music Technology Graduate Program Committee. Such appeals will typically be granted only if the student has already taken the same course at Georgia Tech or has taken a substantially equivalent course at another institution, and if the student has earned an exceptional grade in that course.

Applicants are expected to have GRE scores consistent with the range accepted by the academic unit of residence, and GRE subject tests as required by the Unit.

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PhD Curriculum

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PhD Course Descriptions

A brief tour of all the courses offered in Music Technology.