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Musicology students view the history of music from the widest possible perspective, with the concentration offering students an extremely diverse, general background, as well as depth in an area of specialization. Our faculty and alumni have made major contributions to the field and we have an impressive record of placing our graduates in academic positions.

Course Requirements

A minimum of 60 credits of approved course work is required for a Ph.D. in Music. Courses will be credited toward the Ph.D. only if they are part of a program approved by the Executive Officer or his/her deputy.

For students concentrating in musicology, the first 30 credits should include the following six courses: Introduction to Musicology (Music 70000); a 70000-level proseminar in theory/analysis; a 70000-level proseminar in either Medieval or Renaissance music, together with its corequisite “Performance Workshop ” (both are required by the time the student completes 60 credits); two 80000-level seminars in music history.

For the Ph.D., the musicology student is required to take the remaining 70000-level proseminar of the Medieval/Renaissance pair, one course in Ethnomusicology, and five 80000-level research seminars.

Admissions Requirements

1. A completed application by filling out an online application;

2. Two letters of recommendation;

3. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical.

4. One or two samples of your written work, that is: a substantial term paper or a chapter from an undergraduate or Master's thesis, etc.

In addition to the general University requirements for admission, applicants for the Musicology degree must present an adequate background, as judged by the Admissions Committee, in the area of music history, music theory, and analysis. In many cases, prospective students will be asked to come for an interview with the Musicology Faculty.

For information about the musicology program, contact Anne Stone.