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Ph.D. Course Requirements

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.

All students in the PhD program are required to enroll in Music 252: Current Issues Colloquium (0 credits) every quarter before advacing to candidacy (after passing the Qualifying Exam). 

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.'

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

  • Music 200: Introduction to Research Methods
  • Three courses from: Music 203A-H: Special Topics in Performance Practice 
    • Note that Music 206D: Music Perception and Cognition or a Music 254 course may each substitute for one of the 203 seminars
  • Two courses from Music 253: Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Approaches to Musical Systems
  • Three courses from Music 254: Special Topics in Musicology and Ethnomusicology
    • Three elective graduate seminars, at least one of which should be outside the Music Department. Electives should be chosen in consulation with the faculty advisor.
      • Electives in the Music Department include but are not limited to: 
        • Music 201: History of Music Theory from the Greeks Through Rameau
        • Music 202: Tonal and Post-tonal Analysis
    • ​Music 299: Thesis Research.​
       

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

    • Two 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
    • Three courses from: Music 203A-H: Special Topics in Performance Practice 
      • Note that Music 206D: Music Perception and Cognition or a Music 254 course may each substitute for one of the 203 seminars
    • One elective graduate seminar outside of the Music Department
    • Music 299, Thesis Research