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CCM's musicology and music history programs foster a learning environment in which civility, inclusiveness and a sense of spirited inquiry converge with a commitment to rigorous thought, practical application of learning and a commitment to the larger local and world community.

We endeavor to communicate the best scholarly practices, encourage a commitment to ethical scholarly behavior and seek to cultivate an atmosphere of collaboration and collegiality.

Our graduate students are encouraged to look beyond the ivory towers of academe to communicate their love of music and history to both adults and to young people. We encourage them to find the balance between an intense commitment to their chosen specialty and a willingness to expand their scholarly and cultural horizons.

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Music History

What is Music History?

The Master’s degree is designed to provide a comprehensive course of study in the history, literature, and philosophy of music and related subject areas. Students are expected to acquire competence in the broad range of endeavors characteristic of music historical research, and to develop intellectual breadth and intimate familiarity with the discipline. To accomplish these goals, students will also need to develop the requisite skills in piano, music theory, and two foreign languages. The culminating requirement for the degree is a Master’s thesis. For specific requirements, see the CCM bulletin from the CCM homepage (

Admission Requirements

• Undergraduate degree transcripts • GRE General Exam • Three letters of recommendation • Personal statement • A research paper on a subject related to music history • A personal interview is recommended, and required when applying for an assistantship. Priority for graduate assistantships will be given to applicants interviewing in January or early February. Interviews are held in Cincinnati only. • All materials must be received at least three weeks prior to the admissions interview. • International Students: TOEFL

Application Deadlines

If you would like to submit an electronic application for the Music Program please visit our On-Line Graduate School Application and complete the form. In order to complete the admissions process, you need to visit the Music Program website or contact the program directly for information about application requirements or to inquire about materials that need to be submitted when applying to this program.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Master of Music Degree in Music History

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


Uptown Campus West


Phone: 513-556-9478
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