At the graduate level, The Hartt School offers programs in composition, conducting, music education, music history, music theory, organ and liturgical music, performance, piano accompanying, and Suzuki pedagogy. Hartt's graduate programs offer students the in-depth, advanced study needed to become experts in a chosen field.
Most incoming students apply for the Master of Music (MMus) or Master of Music Education (MMusEd) degrees, which are performance or pedagogy-oriented classes balanced with advanced study in music theory and music history. Some students opt for the Graduate Professional Diploma (GPD), which has performance classes identical to the Master's program without the additional study in music theory and music history.
The Hartt School offers three doctoral-level programs. The Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), the degree for performance majors, combines advanced private instruction with music theory and music history classes. The Artist Diploma (AD) includes only the performance classes from the DMA, without the academic study. Music Education students apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). This degree is designed for students with an interest in research in the areas of early childhood music and music teaching.