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Doctor’s Degrees in Music

1,402 Yearly Graduations
$31,800 Median Salary
$49,397 Median Debt
A doctor's degree in music is offered at 103 colleges in the United States. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were male, and 15 were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 27.7% of music graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Music Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,402 students earned their doctor's degree in music. This makes it the 23rd most popular doctor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in music at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 15,747
Master’s Degree 6,038
Associate’s Degree 2,436
Doctor’s Degree 1,402
Graduate Certificate 572
Basic Certificate 441
Undergraduate Certificate 332

Earnings of Music Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in music is $31,800. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $29,900 and the high is $39,600.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in music is $49,397. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $60,809 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $44,052.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $576.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue doctor's degrees in music. About 55.9% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 784
Women 618
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Music

The racial-ethnic distribution of music doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 87
Black or African American 33
Hispanic or Latino 47
White 733
International Students 388
Other Races/Ethnicities 114
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Music Doctor's Degree Students

There are 103 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in music. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
62 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for music students seekinga doctor's degree is University of North Texas. Each year, around 39,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,295 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,900 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 62 people received their doctor's degree in music from UNT. About 50% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
54 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Stony Brook University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in music. Roughly 26,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 54 doctor's degrees were handed out to music majors at SUNY Stony Brook. Of these students, 61% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York
53 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Rochester. Each year, around 12,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,040 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,705 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 53 doctor's degrees were handed out to music majors at University of Rochester. Of these students, 36% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

52 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each year, around 51,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,188 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,997 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 52 people received their doctor's degree in music from UIUC. About 46% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
45 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Indiana University - Bloomington. Each year, around 43,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,575 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,501 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 45 doctor's degrees were handed out to music majors at IU Bloomington. About 56% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

45 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in music. Roughly 51,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,998 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 45 people received their doctor's degree in music from UT Austin. Around 7% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

42 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Tempe is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in music. Roughly 53,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 42 people received their doctor's degree in music from ASU - Tempe. About 43% of this group were women, and 10% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
39 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Michigan State University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in music. Each year, around 49,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,555 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,858 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 people received their doctor's degree in music from Michigan State. Of these students, 67% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

35 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Cincinnati - Main Campus. Roughly 39,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,476 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

The music program at University of Cincinnati - Main Campus awarded 35 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 63% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
34 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for music majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Southern California. Each year, around 48,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

The music program at University of Southern California awarded 34 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 44% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

33 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in music. Roughly 31,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,038 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,132 per year.

The music program at Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College awarded 33 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 39% were women.

#12

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
31 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in music. Each year, around 51,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,318 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,580 per year.

The music program at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities awarded 31 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 48% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
29 Yearly Graduations
28% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Iowa comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in music. Each year, around 31,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,073 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,079 per year.

The music program at University of Iowa awarded 29 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 28% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
28 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida State University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in music. Each year, around 42,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,684 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 doctor's degrees were handed out to music majors at Florida State. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 46% were women.

#14

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas
28 Yearly Graduations
43% Women

University of Kansas is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in music. Roughly 27,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,092 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,989 per year.

The music program at University of Kansas awarded 28 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#14

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri
28 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Missouri - Kansas City is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in music. Each year, around 16,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,991 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,542 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 doctor's degrees were handed out to music majors at UMKC. About 39% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
27 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in music. Roughly 48,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,212 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,890 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 doctor's degrees were handed out to music majors at U-M. Of these students, 41% were women and 22% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
26 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Boston University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in music. Roughly 33,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

The music program at Boston University awarded 26 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 69% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
25 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - College Park comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in music. Each year, around 40,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,158 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 doctor's degrees were handed out to music majors at UMCP. Of these students, 40% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
23 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - New Brunswick comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in music. Roughly 50,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 doctor's degrees were handed out to music majors at Rutgers New Brunswick. Of these students, 65% were women and 52% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to music that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Fine & Studio Arts 238
Drama & Theater Arts 88
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 47
Design & Applied Arts 25
Dance 16

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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