Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to the Graduate School’s requirements for doctoral degrees, the School of Music and Dance has the following core and general requirements. For additional information, contact the music graduate office or consult the Info for Grad Students webpage.

At least one-half of the required credits must be in courses intended for graduate students only.

When a graduate student is required to enroll as a full-time graduate student (e.g., doctoral residency, graduate employee), the student may not use undergraduate credits as part of the required 9 graduate credits for full-time enrollment. However, undergraduate credits that exceed the 9 graduate credits are acceptable.

Research Methods 13
MUS 629Repertoire and Analysis 23
MUE 641College Music Teaching3
Select two of the following:6
Music in the Middle Ages
Music in the Renaissance
Music in the Baroque Era
Music in the Classical Period
Music in the Romantic Era
Music in the 20th Century 3
Total Credits15

General Degree Requirements

Other courses. Eight credits of nonmusic courses (excluding basic language courses taken to fulfill the language requirement) chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students in the PhD program in music education are exempt from this requirement. 

Ensemble. Students in piano performance must enroll in three terms of piano accompaniment courses [,,]. Students in music performance (collaborative piano option) must enroll in three terms of chamber ensemble accompaniment courses—. Students in voice, wind, string, or percussion performance must enroll in three consecutive terms of band, chorus, or orchestra, and they must audition for ensemble placement before each fall term. Students in voice may substitutefor chorus. 

In making assignments, a faculty auditioning committee and the performance instructors give priority to the University Symphony Orchestra, University Singers, Chamber Choir, and Oregon Wind Ensemble. Assignments take into account the student's preference, level of ability, major performance medium, educational and musical needs, and the needs of the school's ensembles.

Language.PhD candidates, except those in music education, must demonstrate proficiency in a second and third language, usually chosen from French, German, and Italian. DMA candidates must demonstrate proficiency in a second language, usually French, German, or Italian. Students in voice must complete two years of college study in French, German, or Italian and one year of college study in each of the other two.

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Composition

Primary-area requirements are the same for the PhD and DMA degrees except for the choice of supporting area.  PhD candidates choose from intermedia music technology, ethnomusicology, music education, music theory, or musicology. DMA candidates choose from collaborative piano, choral conducting, jazz studies, multiple woodwinds, music performance, orchestral conducting, piano pedagogy, violin and viola pedagogy, or wind ensemble conducting.
MUS 516Post-Tonal Theory I3
Select one of the following:3
Post-Tonal Theory II
Schenkerian Analysis
Advanced Post-Tonal Theory
MUS 530Schenkerian Analysis3
MUS 533–535Counterpoint12
MUS 538Composers Forum (at least four terms)4
Select one of the following:3-4
Interactive Media Performance
Advanced Electronic Composition
Select one of the following:2-4
Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Musical Instruments of the World
Balinese Gamelan (two terms)
500- or 600-level seminar or course in musicology/ethnomusicology or theory3-4
MUS 603Dissertation 118
MUS 605Reading and Conference: [Topic] (Dissertation Proposal) 11
MUE 639Pedagogy and Practicum: [Topic] (Composition)3
Two sequences of the following:18
Advanced Composition Studies
Total Credits75-77

Note: Candidates must take MUS 665 Music in the 20th Century as one of the two period survey courses in the core requirements. (See Doctor of Philosophy Core Courses.)

Additional Requirements
  • proficiency in notation
  • proficiency in orchestration
  • public performance (60-minute minimum) of compositions completed during doctoral study that have been approved by the music composition faculty—performance on the University of Oregon campus
  • reading and recording of the dissertation

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education

MUE 612Quantitative Research in Music Education3
Graduate Course in Qualitative Research3-4
MUE 641College Music Teaching3
MUE 647Psychology of Music3
MUE 649History of Western Music Education3
MUE 607Seminar: [Topic] (Seminar in Music Education)3
MUE 601Research: [Topic] (Dissertation Proposal Reseach) 13-6
MUE 603Dissertation 218
Additional Course Requirements6-9
Total Credits45-52

Note: Candidates are exempt from nonmusic course requirements and core language course requirements.

Additional Requirement

A minimum of two consecutive academic years (not including summer sessions) in residency at the University of Oregon.

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory

MUS 516Post-Tonal Theory I3
MUS 517Post-Tonal Theory II3
or MUS 633 Advanced Schenkerian Analysis
MUS 530Tonal Analysis: Linear Prolongational Analysis3
MUS 531Tonal Analysis: Form in Tonal Music3
MUS 533Counterpoint4
MUS 534Counterpoint4
MUS 535Counterpoint3-4
or MUS 630 History of Theory I
MUS 631History of Theory II3
MUS 670Graduate Seminar in Music: [Topic] (Music Theory Seminar)4
MUS 670Graduate Seminar in Music: [Topic] (Music Theory Seminar)4
MUS 670Graduate Seminar in Music: [Topic] (Music Theory Seminar)4
MUS 632History of Theory III3
MUS 634Advanced Post-Tonal Theory3
MUE 639Pedagogy and Practicum: [Topic]3
Total Credits65-66
Additional Requirement

One public lecture (subject to faculty approval) on the University of Oregon campus.

Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology

Select two of the following:6
Schenkerian Analysis
Schenkerian Analysis
History of Theory I
History of Theory II
History of Theory III
Advanced Schenkerian Analysis
MUS 551Introduction to Ethnomusicology4
MUS 603Dissertation 118
MUS 614Introduction to Musicology4
Five music history seminars (at least one 607)15-20
MUE 639Pedagogy and Practicum: [Topic] (Musicology)3
MUS 643Notation of Medieval and Renaissance Music3
Select one of the following:3
Historical Performance Practices III
MUS 691Collegium Musicum1
Total Credits57-62
Additional Requirements
  • consult with advisor and develop a plan to remedy any deficiencies and prepare for comprehensive examinations (no credit earned for this preparation)
  • one public lecture (subject to faculty approval) given on the University of Oregon campus