Required Courses for the Ph.D. in The History and Theory of Music
At least 60 units must be earned in the first two years, excluding units earned in MUSIC 399. The number of units earned thereafter will vary in accordance with the time required to pass the qualifying examination, advance to candidacy, and complete the dissertation. Details of all courses mentioned here may be found in the Department of Music Course Catalogue.
Years 1 & 2
During the first two years in the program, students complete the following:
A. Three core courses:
MUSIC 200 (Bibliography and Research)
MUSIC 202 (Proseminar in Musicology)
MUSIC 204 (Proseminar in Music Theory and Analysis)
B. Six topical seminars selected from
MUSIC 222 (Seminar in Musicology, topics vary) and
MUSIC 224 (Seminar in Music Theory and Analysis, topics vary)
C. Two additional elective courses
D. Four research and writing courses:
MUSIC 242A–MUSIC 242B (First-Year Research and Writing Seminar)
MUSIC 243A–MUSIC 243B (Second-Year Research and Writing Tutorial)
During the third year, students complete the following:
A. Reading and research courses:
MUSIC 244 (Readings for the Qualifying Examination)
MUSIC 245 (Prospectus Research)
Years 4 & 5
During the fourth and fifth years, as needed, students take up to three quarters each year of MUSIC 299 (Dissertation)
En Route M.A.
For students who enter the program without an M.A. in an appropriate area of study, the substantial research paper written in MUSIC 243B will constitute the Master’s essay. If in the judgement of the advisor and the other two readers, the essay and the student’s overall academic record are determined to be satisfactory, the student will be awarded the en route M.A. and be considered to have met the standards for continued Ph.D. study.
Students who enter the program with an M.A. in an appropriate area of study are not eligible for the en route M.A. The advisor and the other two readers will determine whether the student’s essay in MUSIC 243B and overall academic record have met the standards for continued Ph.D. study.
Before advancing to candidacy, students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of one language other than English relevant to the student’s program of study. This requirement is met by passing a translation examination administered by the Department.
Advancement to Candidacy
The Qualifying Examination, administered by a committee of three faculty members, is typically taken in late winter or early spring quarter of the third year. It consists of an oral exam and a written, take-home exam in music analysis. The oral portion of the exam comprises two parts. In the first, the student is given short excerpts from several musical scores and is asked to identify each as closely as possible in terms of style and period. In the second, the student is examined in the two fields. The first field is related to the topic of the student’s second-year research and writing project. The second field is prepared in the third year during completion of MUSIC 244. The take-home exam in music analysis is completed in 72 hours and shall take the form of an extended essay on an assigned composition.
The dissertation prospectus, typically growing out of one of the student’s two fields, is presented in a colloquium that includes all three members of the dissertation committee. It cannot be presented until the foreign-language requirement and all course requirements outlined above have been met. Upon acceptance of the prospectus the student will advance to doctoral candidacy.
The dissertation is an original research project of substantial length approved by the dissertation committee of three faculty members.