Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education

The doctoral program in music education consists of the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education. The Ph.D. is tailored to meet the varying needs and interests of individuals seeking a terminal degree in Music Education. The Ph.D. is appropriate for those students who possess a strong background and interest in research. The Ph.D. places emphasis on research and research methodology training. Students entering the Ph.D. must have already completed a substantial thesis or research project as part of their master’s degree. For more information about this degree, please visit the Music Education Advising website.

MUS 535Philosophic Inquiry in Mus Ed4
MUS 536Soc-Cultur Inquiry Music Learn4
MUS 544Doctoral Seminar in Music Education (enrollment every semester) 10-2
Music Education Electives 26
Educational Psychology (EPSY) (8 hrs. required, minimum of 4 in the College of Education) 38
Educational Policy (EPS or C&I) (8 hrs. required, minimum of 4 in the College of Education) 48
Research methodology courses in College of Education 516
MUS 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)16-32
Total Hours64

Other Requirements:6

Other requirements may overlap
Masters Degree Required for Admission to PhD? Yes
Qualifying Exam Required: Yes
Preliminary Exam Required: Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required: Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Local students must register every semester. Credit is earned only for one semester.


Minimum of 6 hours of electives from music education; or, with approval of the Music Education Graduate Coordinator, courses in other Colleges. (e.g., MUS 529, MUS 530, MUS 531, MUS 532, MUS 533, MUS 537, MUS 538, MUS 539, MUS 541, MUS 542)


MUS 531 may be counted as one EPSY course.


To partially fulfill the EPS requirement, a student may take courses in the College of Education or one of the following: MUS 537 or MUS 539.


A student must take 12 hours of College of Education Research Specialization Methodology courses, unless exceptions are approved by the Music Education Graduate Coordinator. In addition, MUS 534 earns four credits, bringing the total Research Methodology credits to 16.


For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Handbook and the Graduate College Handbook.