Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Music Technology

The PhD in Music Technology is a full-time residential program. Students accepted into the PhD program in Music Technology are expected to hold a Masters degree in Music Technology or from an allied field, such as computing, music, engineering, or media arts and sciences. All applicants must demonstrate mastery 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; and Music Cognition.

Proficiency will be assessed through review of a portfolio of the applicant's 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.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants. A minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based) is required for all non-native English speaking applicants.

School of Music

All PhD programs must incorporate a standard set of Requirements for the Doctoral Degree.

Program of Study

Requirements of the Ph.D. with a major in Music Technology will include completion of core courses, a minor, elective coursework, a qualifying paper, comprehensive exams and a dissertation.    

Required Music Technology Core Courses
MUSI 6001Music Perception and Cognition3
MUSI 6003Music Technology History and Repertoire3
MUSI 6202Digital Signal Processing for Music Analysis and Synthesis3
MUSI 8001Research Methods3
MUSI 8002Apprentice Teaching 36
Required Music Technology Research Courses
MUSI 7100Music Technology Research Laboratory12
Required Music Technology Creative Course3
Computer Supported Interactive Music
Technology Ensemble
Project Studio in Music Technology
Minor Field of Study 19
Additional Music Technology Electives6
Music Ensemble for Graduate Students
Music Recording and Mixing
Integrating Music into Multimedia
Digital Media Production and Mastering
Audio Software Engineering
Audio Content Analysis
Music Interface Design
The Musical Mind
Network Music
Computer Music Composition
Additional Elective Courses (subject to advisor approval) 218
Total Credit Hours66

Minors, which are selected by students in consultation with their advisor, are designed to enable the student to apply knowledge from other fields toward work in Music Technology. The student is responsible for the full range of knowledge, at the level of professional competence, for the Minor field selected. Minors often focus on traditional fields of study associated with other professions, such as human-computer interaction, digital signal processing, and digital media. Minors typically constitute 9 hours of coursework.


Students must take an additional 18 credits of electives. These elective courses may include additional MUSI courses and/or courses in other academic units that are approved by the student’s advisor.


MUSI 8002 is a 3-credit course which must be taken twice