Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Music Theory


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Music Theory requires a minimum of 60 credit hours of graduate-level coursework, distributed into the categories listed below. Course selections must be approved by your doctoral advisory committee. A list of all course offerings can be found on the Schedule of Classes.

Contact Information

Area Coordinator: Forrest Pierce, fpierce@ku.edu, 785-864-9688

Graduate Student Academic Services: musicgrad@ku.edu

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Musicology Program Guide

Prerequisites

Must be cleared in accordance with school and area policies or the completion of a Master of Music (MM) degree from KU in the past two years.

Music History

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 Medieval : Exam / MUSC 474
 Renaissance : Exam / MUSC 475
 Baroque : Exam / MUSC 476
 Classical : Exam / MUSC 477
 Romantic : Exam / MUSC 478
 20th Century : Exam / MUSC 479

Music Theory

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 Harmony : Exam / MTHC 400
 Aural Skills : Exam / MTHC 402
 Form : Exam / MTHC 404
 20th Century : Exam / MTHC 406

Language

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 Exam / Courses
 Exam / Courses

Waiver or Completion of MM Degree

Waiver or Completion of MM Degree
  

Research Skills (3 hours)

Waiver or equivalent course accepted with approval

CourseHrsTermGrade
CourseHrsTermGrade
MUSC 8013  
Waiver or equivalent course accepted with approval

Written Qualifying Exams

Must be completed prior to scheduling the Oral Comprehensive Exam

ExamDateResult
ExamDateResult
Music History  
Music Theory  
Musicology  

Musicology (15 hours)

At least 9 credits must be 700-level or above. At least 6 credits must be MUSC 940

CourseHrsTermGrade
MUSC 9403  
MUSC 9403  
MUSC3  
MUSC3  
MUSC3  

Advanced Music Theory (9 hours)

CourseHrsTermGrade
MTHC 3  
MTHC 3  
MTHC 3  

Electives (15 hours)

Any graduate-level course (500 or above)

CourseHrsTermGrade
    
    
    
    
    

Dissertation (18 hours)

CourseHrsTermGrade
MUSC 999   
MUSC 999   
MUSC 999   
MUSC 999   
MUSC 999   
MUSC 999   

Scholarly Presentation

EventDate
  

Graduation Requirements

 Requirement
 Complete Required Graduate Credit Hours
 3.0 Cumulative Graduate GPA
 Applied for Graduation in Enroll & Pay
 Complete Exam Authorization Form (.pdf) (pdf) (at least two weeks prior to exam date)
 Submit thesis to ProQuest/KU Scholar Works for publication
 Complete the Doctoral Completion Survey and send Certificate of Completion to musicgrad@ku.edu
 Submit ETD release form to musicgrad@ku.edu
 Send signed Title & Acceptance pages to musicgrad@ku.edu
 Verify all recital programs are on file at musicgrad@ku.edu

University-Level Exams

Exam Authorization forms should be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance of the exam date

ExamDateResult
Exam Authorization forms should be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance of the exam date 
ExamDateResult
Oral Comprehensive Exam  
Final Oral Exam / Dissertation  Defense  

Graduate Advisory Committee

Minimum of 3 faculty members for master's committee

Graduate Advisory Committee
 Chair 
 MUSC
 MTHC
 Music
 Grad Studies Rep.
 Optional