Doctor of Philosophy in Music

The Board of Regents has recently approved the consolidation of all Ph.D. programs in the School of Music into a Doctor of Philosophy in Music degree with concentrations in:

Composition

The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum in Composition is offered to students who show promise as outstanding composers and creative innovators. The degree is awarded to candidates who complete the degree program with distinction demonstrating creativity, craft, collaboration and excellence in teaching and scholarship while finding their place as 21st century artists in both professional and academic situations.  Graduates are prepared to teach composition at a college-university level. The degree requires 78 acceptable hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree (48 hours beyond the master’s degree in music).

Experimental Music & Digital Media

The PhD curriculum in Experimental Music & Digital Media (EM/DM) is designed t*o prepare students to be composers, performers or music researchers whose work explores music technology, digital media and experimentation in either professional or academic settings. Graduates will also be prepared to teach electroacoustic music, digital media and music technology at the college-university level.

Music Education

The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum in Music Education is offered to students who show promise as outstanding researchers and master teachers of music. The degree is awarded to candidates who complete the course of study with distinction, demonstrating outstanding ability in original research, scholarly study, and excellence in teaching.

The degree requires 83 acceptable hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree (53 hours beyond the master’s degree in music).

Musicology

The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum in Musicology is intended to develop in students the knowledge, concepts, and techniques for research in music and to prepare students for teaching music history at the college/university level. The curriculum also serves as a gateway to careers in such fields as librarianship, editing, publishing, broadcasting, journalism, film production, law, and arts/graphics.

The degree requires 83 acceptable hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree (51 hours beyond the master’s degree in musicology).

Music Theory

The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum in Music Theory is intended to develop in students the knowledge, concepts, and techniques for research in music theory and to prepare students for teaching at the college/university level.

The degree requires 81 acceptable hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree (51 hours beyond the master’s degree in music).