Degree Offerings

The graduate program in musicology offers MM and PhD degrees with highly flexible curricula, allowing students to elect courses that reflect their own interests. In addition, students pursuing other graduate music degrees in music can supplement their studies with a minor in musicology. For more information, please consult the Graduate Student Handbook, which lists all coursework, exam, and thesis/dissertation requirements for musicology students.

Master of Music - Musicology Concentration

30 hours of coursework are required, as well as a demonstration of reading knowledge of one foreign language.

A typical path includes six 7000-level courses in music history (seminars or survey classes); one 7000-level course in music theory; one course in music research; and three electives chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor. Students must pass the diagnostic exam, one language exam, styles exam, and comprehensive exam. With the permission of his or her major professor, a student may elect to write a thesis in lieu of the final six hours of 7000-level Music History courses or seminars. If selecting this option, the student will enroll in six hours of MUS 8000 (Thesis).

Students are expected to attend Music Forum as well as musicology conferences. Travel funds are usually available to assist students.

Doctor of Philosophy in Music - Musicology Concentration

51 hours of coursework are required beyond the MM degree, as well as demonstration of reading knowledge of a second foreign language.

A typical path includes sixteen 7000-level courses in music history, determined in consultation with the student’s advisor; one course in music research; three music electives, determined in consultation with the advisor; and four courses in a minor area outside of music. The PhD curriculum culminates in writing a dissertation that makes an original contribution to knowledge in the student’s major field of study. It should demonstrate a mastery of research techniques, ability to complete original and independent research, and skill in formulating conclusions that in some way enlarge upon or modify accepted ideas.

Students are expected to attend Music Forum as well as musicology conferences. Travel funds are usually available to assist students.