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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.

Music (Musicology)

Why study 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.

Students in our program will develop exceptional writing and critical thinking skills. Students will also have ample opportunity to gain teaching experience in order to prepare them for a highly competitive job market.

Career Possibilities

Recent graduates are working in tenure-track positions at Roosevelt University and the University of Missouri, Kansas City. We are also aggressively developing alternative academic career paths in other fields.

Major Maps

Our recently-revised curriculum is designed to give students maximum flexibility. In addition to their core work in musicology, students also earn a cognate in another field. Current Ph.D.s are pursuing cognates in performance, ethnomusicology, music theory, and philosophy.


UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts. CCM's educational roots date back to 1867, and a solid, visionary instruction has been at its core since that time. CCM's faculty and staff and its state-of-the-art facilities make possible the professional training and exceptional education on which CCM believes the future of the arts relies. The school's roster of eminent faculty regularly receives distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and its alumni have achieved notable success in the performing and media arts. More than 150 internationally recognized faculty members work with students from around the world. The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world's stage.

Special Programs

Our program has recently been enriched by the addition of a second full-time tenure-track ethnomusicologist. Students can also take advantage of our world-class music theory department. Most importantly, students here are part of an internationally-renowned music conservatory, located in the heart of one of the most vibrant emerging cities in the United States.

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