PhD in Historical Musicology

The Ph.D. in Historical Musicology is granted in recognition of superior scholarly ability and attainment. Award of the degree is based not only on computation of time or enumeration of courses, but also upon distinguished work. Many applicants enter the program after completing a master’s degree in Musicology or Music History, but highly qualified applicants may enter directly upon completion of bachelor’s degree.

Coursework is formulated to suit the individual needs of the student and requires the consent of the advisor. The Ph.D. in Historical Musicology requires 36 credit hours of coursework and an additional 18 hours of dissertation research credit hours. Required coursework includes three doctoral seminars (MUHI 590), MUHI 610 (Bibliography), and MUHI 612 (Analysis for Music Historians). In the first two years students will be expected to take three seminars (or 9 credits) per semester, for a total of 36 hours.

Students admitted to the program will take diagnostic examinations prior to the start of classes in the first year of the program, Based on these examinations, students may be required to enroll in specific courses to address deficiencies; these course credits may be applied toward the requirement. At the beginning of the fall in the third year of study, students will take qualifying exams for advancement to candidacy. These examinations will consist of written and oral sections, and will be conducted and evaluated by the = Musicology Faculty. Following the examinations, the Faculty will review each student’s portfolio and based on work contained therein will make a decision regarding advancement to candidacy in the Ph.D. program. Students who do not advance but who have done satisfactory work will be eligible to receive the M.A. in Music History at this juncture.

Students who advance to candidacy will register for dissertation research credits and begin research work for the dissertation. Working with a faculty advisor, the student will develop a proposal for the dissertation, which will be presented in writing to the faculty no later than April 1 of the third year of study. It is expected that the fourth and fifth years of study will be devoted to work on the dissertation. Upon completion of the dissertation, each student will present a formal defense to the musicology faculty.

Under the rules of the School of Graduate Studies, a student must complete the thesis no later than five years after registering for the first dissertation research (701) credits.

The PhD in Historical Musicology is for students who wish to achieve a high level of knowledge in music history and the methodologies of musicology. The program aims to provide local, regional, national, and international leadership in the field of musicology. The emphasis on research and broad exposure to numerous approaches to analyzing music, as well as experience teaching in the classroom, is meant to prepare students for a variety of fields in or related to music history.

The PhD program, which has grown dramatically over the past decade and attracted a world-class faculty, has a reputation for placing its graduates in major programs in musicology and related fields across the country. The students in the PhD program are active in the larger academic community, giving papers at national and international juried conferences, publishing articles in major refereed journals in all corners of the discipline, and winning highly competitive awards, including fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Musicological Society (AMS 50), and the Fulbright Program.

The PhD program in Historical Musicology was reviewed in 2016 as required by the Ohio Board of Regents. The next review will take place in 2024. Program goals and objectives were revised in the summer of 2016.