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CCM, Composition, Musicology and Theory

Students in CCM's Division of Composition, Musicology and Theory acquire a broad knowledge of the field and its multidisciplinary practices. An emphasis on writing, cognitive skills and analytical techniques in the principal styles and genres enables the pursuit of individual methodologies and ensures independent thought. Contextual studies form a curriculum that enables the student to comprehend the conditions under which music was written, performed and understood in its own time and in current reception.

Prominent composers, historians, ethnomusicologists, and theorists visit CCM regularly to teach, lecture and meet informally with students to discuss their own work and that of other musicians. These visits add a valuable element to CCM's commitment to the creation, performance and recognition of new music and music research.

Music (Musicology)

What is Music (Musicology)?

The doctoral degree in musicology is designed to provide a comprehensive course of study in the history, literature, and philosophy of music and related subject areas beyond the level required for the master’s degree, including specific studies in performance practices, American music, history of theory, music and gender, world music, and other related areas. In addition, students are expected to demonstrate intellectual breadth through the completion of a significant program of study in a secondary field (cognate) and to develop the requisite skills in piano, music theory, and two foreign languages. The culminating requirement for the degree is a dissertation demonstrating original research. Determination of a student’s specific course of study will be made in consultation with an academic adviser, cognate representative, and director of graduate studies.


Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, international student requirements, and application deadlines please visit the CCM Admissions website.


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

CCM's founding schools (the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the College of Music of Cincinnati) were both charter members of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The requirements for entrance and graduation in all music programs are in accordance with the published regulations of NASM.

Quick Facts

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Music (Musicology)

Full-Time Program Duration

5 Years


Uptown Campus West


University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003
Phone: (513) 556-6046
Dr. Stephen Meyer