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CCM, Composition, Musicology and Theory
Professor Meyer

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD in music with an emphasis 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. This includes 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

  • Applicants are expected to have earned a Master's degree in music history/musicology by the time of matriculation. Applicants holding Master’s degrees in other areas of study may be considered.
  • Transcripts
  • GRE General Exam
  •  Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 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
For specific admission requirements, see the CCM Application Handbook on the CCM Admissions page.