Ph.D. in Musicology

We admit students to the Ph.D. program with a full five-year fellowship, and you may earn a Master of Arts en-route to the Ph.D. A terminal master's degree will be awarded if a student does not demonstrate the ability to do substantial and original work in musicology. Students are notified that they may continue on towards their doctorate after the qualifying examination.

Requirements

The Graduate School requires six semester of "full-time" registration regardless of the number of courses taken or residence.

Reduction in Courses for Students Entering with Masters Degree

Entering students who have already completed a master's program at another institution can reduce their total Duke course requirements by up to four courses, reducing the number of required courses taken at Duke to thirteen. You must prepare a written request listing the courses for which transfer credit is desired and submit to the Director of Graduate Studies no later than the end of the second semester in residence at Duke. Specific course requirements (for example, music analysis) may be waived if the student has successfully taken the equivalent course elsewhere, subject to the approval of the DGS. The transfer of graduate credit does not change any other requirements for the doctoral degree. Students who have completed a graduate degree in a language other than English and who need to take remedial course work in English at Duke may take two courses of language study during their first year.

Typical Degree Sequence

Semester Typical Course of Study
Year 1, Semester 1
  • Four graduate courses in music, including Music 560 Tonal Analysis
    • If pursuing the Performance Practice Track, one of the music courses above needs to include Music 792, Independent Study
  • Diagnostic examination
  • First foreign language examination
Year 1, Semester 2
  • Three graduate courses in music
    • If pursuing the Performance Practice Track, one of the music courses above needs to include Music 792, Independent Study
Year 2, Semester 1
  • Three graduate courses in music
  • If pursuing the Performance Practice Track, one of the music courses above needs to include Music 792, Independent Study
  • Second foreign language examination
Year 2, Semester 2
  • Three graduate courses in music
  • Qualifying examination
Year 3, Semester 1
  • Three graduate courses in music with option to take courses in other departments
Year 3, Semester 2
  • Preliminary examination (including dissertation prospectus)
Following Years
  • Pay fees only (under completion of degree)
  • Final examination (dissertation defense)