Degree Programs

Degree Program Requirements Overview Overview
Ph.D. Composition
  • 17 Courses
  • Diagnostic Examination
  • Foreign Language Examination (one language)
  • Qualifying Examination
  • Composition Portfolio
  • Preliminary Examination
  • Dissertation: large-scale composition
  • Article intended for publication
  • Final Examination

We emphasize training in composition and theory within the context of a liberal arts university. Students meet with members of the department's composition faculty on a weekly basis and in seminars with a special focus on contemporary music studies. Composition students have extensive opportunities to present their works in concert and pursue a concentration in performance practice. Very often graduate students are asked to compose pieces for visiting ensembles who read and record their works.

 

Ph.D. Ethnomusicology
  • 15 Courses
  • Diagnostic Examination
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • Mini Portfolio
  • Field Specialization Workshop
  • Portfolio & Prospectus Workshop
  • Dissertation
  • Final Examination
Our ethnomusicology doctoral program explores music as a global, social and political phenomenon. Our approache emphasizes versatility to accommodate students’ diverse interests. Students who envision conducting research that primarily intersects with other musical subfields can utilize the multi-faceted training available within Duke’s small music graduate program. Students whose primary interest lies in linking music studies to the interpretive social sciences and global humanities can exploit Duke’s lateral opportunities and interdisciplinary relationships.
Ph.D. Musicology
  • 17 Courses
  • Diagnostic Examination
  • Foreign Language Examination (two languages)
  • Qualifying Examination
  • Preliminary Examination
  • Dissertation
  • Final Examination
Our musicology doctorate program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to research and education - music is not studied in isolation, but as part of a the historical and cultural fabric of society. Students frequently take courses outside the Music Department and can pursue research in other disciplines related to their interests. Qualified students can also take courses in composition and do independent studies in performance practice and interpretations with members of the performance faculty.