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Music Ph.D.

School of Music
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of School of Music, 100 Ferguson Hall, 2106 4th Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-5093; fax: 612-624-8001)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 81 to 92
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The School of Music offers the degrees of master of arts (M.A.), master of music (M.M.), doctor of musical arts (D.M.A.), and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.). Specific degree plans and emphases are listed in each degree's program requirements.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants interested in doctoral level study must hold a master's degree in an appropriate field of study. For the Ph.D. in music education/therapy, applicants must also have documentation of at least 3 years of teaching experience or at least 3,500 hours of clinical experience.
Special Application Requirements:
The theory Ph.D. requires original papers (one tonal and one post-tonal analysis) for admission. The composition Ph.D. requires original scores and recordings (2-4 scores of varying genres) for admission. The musicology/ethnomusicology Ph.D. requires original papers for admission. The music education/music therapy Ph.D. requires original papers (e.g. research or professional papers) and documentation of at least 3 years of teaching experience or at least 3,500 hours of clinical experience. An interview is also required.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
51 to 56 credits are required in the major.
6 to 12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Language Requirement: Varies according to field.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
The language requirement for musicology and ethnomusicology includes two languages chosen from French, German, and Italian. Substitution may be made when a different language is needed for the thesis. For composition, the language requirement includes reading knowledge of two foreign languages; with approval, an equivalent research tool may be substituted for a foreign language. For theory, the language requirement includes German and either French or Italian. Substitution may be made when a different language is needed for the thesis; with approval, the second language may also be replaced by a collateral field of knowledge or a special research technique. There is no language requirement for the education/therapy degree.
Thesis Credits
Take 24 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
Emphases
1. Music Theory
Courses in Theory and Analysis
Take 30 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 85xx
Musicology or Ethnomusicology
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 86xx MUS 88xx
Music Electives (Expected from the M.A.)
Courses in Music Composition, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, or Performance.
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 5xxx
· MUS 8xxx
· MUSA 5xxx
· MUSA 8xxx
Outside Electives
Take 12 credits at the 5xxx/8xxx level in courses outside music; may include Music Education courses.
-OR-
2. Musicology/Ethnomusicology
**Students who have not earned the MA at the University of Minnesota and believe that they have had equivalent courses as part of the Masterís degree at another institution may request an exception by submitting to the Musicology Division a petition supported by appropriate documentation, such as a syllabus and transcript.
Required Courses
MUS 8644 - Seminar: Advanced Research in Historical Musicology (3.0 cr)
MUS 8864 - Current Issues in Ethnomusicology (3.0 cr)
MUS 85xx - Seminar in Music Theory (3.0 cr)
Outside the Major in a Supporting Program
Take 12 credits outside of the major in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. This may also include courses in Music Education or Music Therapy.
Musicology or Ethnomusicology Electives
Take 21 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 56xx MUS 86xx MUS 58xx MUS 88xx
Theory and Analysis, Musicology, or Ethnomusicology
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 58xx MUS 85xx MUS 86xx MUS 88xx
-OR-
3. Composition
MUS 5591 - Introduction to Music Information Technology (3.0 cr)
MUS 5592 - Music Informatics Seminar (3.0 cr)
Theory and/or Analysis
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 85xx
Composition
Take exactly 24 credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 8550 - Composition (3.0 cr)
Musicology/Ethnomusicology
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 56xx MUS 86xx MUS 58xx MUS 88xx
Creative Studies and Media
Courses chosen in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 5xxx
· MUS 8xxx
Ensemble
Take exactly 4 credit(s) from the following:
MUS 54xx
Outside the major in a Supporting Program
Students choose 6 credits outside of the major in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. This may also include courses in Music Education (MuEd) or Music Therapy.
-OR-
4. Music Education
MUED 8284 - Seminar: Research and Scholarly Issues (3.0 cr)
Trends in Mus. Ed
Three semesters at 3 credits each semester.
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUED 8280 - Seminar: Current Trends in Music Education (3.0 cr)
Research Core
MUED 8119 - Advanced Applications of Research Methods (3.0 cr)
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUED 8112 - Introduction to Research Methods and Design in Arts Education (3.0 cr)
· MUED 8115 - Assessment in Arts Education (3.0 cr)
· MUED 8118 - Qualitative Research in Arts Education (3.0 cr)
Musicology/Ethnomusicology, Theory, and Creative Studies and Media
A minimum of two 3-credit courses must be taken at the University of Minnesota, representing at least two of these three disciplines.
Take 18 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 5xxx
· MUS 8xxx
Other courses in Music Education/Therapy
Can be substituted with permission with other courses from CEHD.
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUED 5xxx
· MUED 8xxx
Outside Electives
Take 15 credits from 5xxx/8xxx from Music, the Liberal Arts, Professional Education, or other areas in consultation with adviser.
 
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MUS 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required
MUS 8644 - Seminar: Advanced Research in Historical Musicology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Major reference and research materials in musicology and related disciplines, including databases. Historical methods and historiography. Locating and interpreting primary sources of music and archival documents. Developing research strategies for degree papers and theses. Forms of documentation and historical writing. prereq: Undergrad music degree
MUS 8864 - Current Issues in Ethnomusicology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ethnomusicological methods, theorizing, and research practice. Current issues in monographs, journals, and anthologies. Fieldwork practicum. prereq: instr consent
MUS 5591 - Introduction to Music Information Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of acoustics, electronic sound generation/manipulation, digital signal processing techniques. Programming languages for digital sound synthesis. Editing software, MIDI applications. prereq: Music grad student or instr consent
MUS 5592 - Music Informatics Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Filtering, formant synthesis, reverberation techniques, additive synthesis. Interactive MIDI applications. prereq: 5591 or instr consent
MUS 8550 - Composition
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Creation of original musical works in various instrumental and vocal forms; advanced development of writing and realization of musical ideas. prereq: instr consent
MUED 8284 - Seminar: Research and Scholarly Issues
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Scholarly/professional expectations of music educators and music therapists in academia and other positions of leadership. Writing for a variety of professional purposes/publications. prereq: Doctoral student in music or music education or instr consent
MUED 8280 - Seminar: Current Trends in Music Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 30.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Current issues/trends in music education: philosophical, historical, psychological, and pedagogical. Course's focus varies, reflecting the dynamic nature of the field. prereq: dept consent
MUED 8119 - Advanced Applications of Research Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Application of research methods/design. Emphasizes both quantitative and qualitative methods. Contemporary procedures/theories of data collection, management, analysis, and interpretation. prereq: Grad music education student or instr consent
MUED 8112 - Introduction to Research Methods and Design in Arts Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
Methods and research designs employed in investigating education issues in the arts. Reporting results. Proposal development. Bibliographic skills for conducting a review of related research literature. Common analytical techniques. prereq: Grad student in [music or music education], dept consent
MUED 8115 - Assessment in Arts Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
Methods for assessing unique challenges in artistic achievement: performances, products, and other artistic achievements. Assessment design. Interpretation for large-/small-scale assessments in performance, classroom, and clinical settings. prereq: Grad student in [music or music education], dept consent
MUED 8118 - Qualitative Research in Arts Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
A theoretical, practical and systematic approach to qualitative research in arts education. Students participate in a joint field exploration or work in a setting relevant to their long-term research interests. prereq: Grad student in [arts or education], dept consent