NOTE: All prospective students applying in fall 2019 are invited to join us for a web event in which the core ICIT faculty will all be present to answer questions, from 9am to 10am Pacific Time on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Anyone may join then and share your questions by text comment, audio or video, from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android, by simply opening the following Zoom link: https://ucitrevor.zoom.us/j/347883091. No user account or login is required. View this page for more options to join, including via mobile and international.


The Department of Music at the University of California, Irvine invites applications to the PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT). The program is taught by a core faculty whose work embraces diverse forms of music making, challenging conventional distinctions between classical composition, computer music, improvisation, and jazz. Students will receive close personal attention from faculty, and are encouraged to work on interdisciplinary projects. We seek students with a strong foundation who wish to develop new creative work integrating a wide range of contemporary music and ideas.

In addition to the five core ICIT faculty, the Music Department includes many other performers, musicologists, theorists, and historians, making for a rich environment in which to develop critical skills that are essential for the 21st-century musician. The Claire Trevor School of the Arts is home to excellent graduate programs in Dance, Drama, and Studio Art. UC Irvine is a quickly growing campus within one of the nation’s leading research university systems. Located near the coast in Orange County, Irvine is an hour south of Los Angeles, a major art world center with vibrant contemporary music scenes.

The normative time to degree is four years (12 quarters). It will generally take students three years (9 quarters) to pass the Qualifying Examination and advance to candidacy. Then, students will spend one year (3 quarters) completing the dissertation.

Many students receive tuition waivers and stipends in return for working as teaching assistants. All applicants should possess an undergraduate degree in music or an equivalent level of training, and  should demonstrate potential for creative and innovative work. Applicants who already hold a masters degree or have completed prior graduate study may request upon admission that specific course requirements be waived based on equivalent graduate coursework completed at other institutions, up to a maximum of 12 units.