PhD in Music Technology Overview



The PhD in Music Technology is a fully funded (including a monthly stipend and tuition waiver) full-time program. Students in the PhD program in Music Technology pursue individualized research agendas in close collaboration with faculty in areas such as interactive music, robotic musicianship, music information retrieval, digital signal processing, mobile music, network music, and music education, focusing on conducting and disseminating novel research with a broad impact. PhD students are also trained in research methods, teaching pedagogy, and an interdisciplinary minor field as they prepare for careers in academia, at industry research labs, or in their own startup companies.

Students accepted into the Ph.D. 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
  • 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.

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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