Doctor of Philosophy



About the PhD Program

The Graduate Program in Music offers MA and PhD degrees. The program’s faculty members include ethnomusicologists, music historians, music theorists, performers and composers, all of whom teach in their specialized areas of research and share a concern for the critical study of methodologies and procedures in music scholarship and composition.

The program offers courses and research opportunities in ethnomusicology, musicology and composition, giving particular but not exclusive emphasis to North American music, including jazz and urban popular music, religious music, concert and folk music in rural and urban localities.  Recognition is given to the multiple cultures that coexist in twentieth ant twenty-first century society, and to the many contexts and issues which shape musical expression.  Members of the program are concerned with the scholarly study of composition and improvisation, with aural cognition, mediation and reception as well as with cultural studies and criticism.

  • PhD fields of study: ethnomusicology, jazz, musicology and popular music


Applicants for admission should hold a master’s degree in music or a relevant discipline from a recognized university with a minimum B+ average.

Strength in musicianship should be minimally equivalent to that of an undergraduate major in music.  Applicants with culture-specific expertise but without the expected academic qualifications may be given special consideration and/or may be asked to make up deficiencies.

All applicants should submit:

1) a statement of intent (no less than 500 words)

2) two examples of scholarly writing

3) an updated résumé (curriculum vitae)

 In addition to the above documents, applicants for the composition field must submit a composition portfolio.  All complete files are assessed by the Music graduate program admissions committee.

The program accepts only those qualified applicants who are able to benefit from the faculty and facilities available.

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