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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is designed for graduate students who desire advanced academic study in ethnomusicology, musicology, music education or music theory within the context of a major research university.

All of our Ph.D. degrees contain two years of pre-candidacy coursework, qualifying examinations and a dissertation project.


Requirements for the Ph.D. degrees vary by emphasis, but Ph.D. students generally complete the following:

  • Two years of pre-candidacy course work
  • Qualifying examinations
  • A dissertation project