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The Doctor Of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Music is intended for advanced musician/scholars who desire to complete their graduate study in a specific area of music and continue the development of their creative, analytical, theoretical, pedagogical and scholarly analytical skills and knowledge.


The Ph.D. degree is conferred upon satisfactory completion of a curriculum consisting of a minimum of sixty semester hours of approved course work beyond the Master's degree in Music, including eighteen hours of dissertation credit.

A Ph.D. student must spend a minimum of one academic year of full-time study beyond the Master's degree in residence (not including summer). There is a two-language reading requirement for Ph.D. candidates in Music Theory. Please see the Graduate Handbook (pdf in Google drive folder) for details about the language requirement, admissions requirements, the qualifying exam and the dissertation process.

Financial Aid:

20-hour/week Music Education Teaching Associateship includes tuition waiver and monthly stipend; duties may include supervision of student teachers, assistance with methods courses, and assistance with learning management systems and grading.