Ph.D. Course Requirements

Please note: Graduate students must take all core courses for a letter grade. These courses include the following: Music 200, 201, 202, 203A-H, 206A-D, 219, 220, 253A-D, and 254A-M. Independent study courses (Music 261, 265, 295, 297, 298 and 299) and the colloquium course (Music 252) may still be taken with the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade option. Please note that grades of C or D do not satisfy any course requirement for a music graduate degree.

Students entering the PhD program with a bachelor's degree are required to complete the following courses:

  • Music 200, Introduction to Research Methods
  • Music 201, History of Music Theory from the Greeks Through Rameau
  • Music 202, Tonal and Post-tonal Analysis
  • Three courses from: Music 203A-H, Special Topics in Performance Practice (Music 206D, Music Perception and Cognition or a Music 254 course may each substitute for one of the 203 seminars)
  • Three courses from Music 253, Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Approaches to Musical Systems
  • Three courses from Music 254, Special Topics in Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Music 252, Current Issues Colloquium (0 credits). Students entering in fall 2007 and thereafter are to enroll each quarter in residence. Students who enroll in Music 252 for a letter grade must attend all meetings each quarter to receive a grade of 'A.' Students with one unexcused absence will receive a grade of 'B,' and those with two unexcused absences will receive a 'C.' Students may also enroll with the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade option. A 'Satisfactory' requires attendance at the majority of sessions in a given quarter (3/4 or 2/3). Excused absences are for medical reasons, jury duty or other court attendance, or other extenuating circumstances, all of which must be documented. Students should notify the instructor via e-mail prior to a meeting they cannot attend. In some cases, students who have missed meetings may be given the grade "Incomplete," and a written assignment or other work determined by the instructor will be assigned for removal of the grade 'I.'
  • Music 299, Thesis Research.

Students entering the PhD program with a master’s degree in music are required to complete the following courses:

  • Three courses selected from Music 253, Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Approaches to Musical Systems
  • Three courses selected from Music 254, Special Topics in Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Music 252, Current Issues Colloquia (0 credits-see above) during each quarter of residence
  • Music 299, Thesis Research

Students may devise a program of study that includes additional music courses, and courses from other disciplines suited to their special areas of concentration, in addition to their required courses. However, all students in the Ph.D. program,whether or not they are entering the program with a Master's degree, should plan to take at least two, and preferably three, of the following courses in addition to the regular requirements: Music 201, Music 202, Music 203G, or Anthropology 208A. The decision about which of these courses to take should be made in consultation with the student's adviser and the chair of the Graduate Committee.