Musicology Department


Doctoral Program

Applicants for the Ph.D. in musicology must have received an M.A. or M.M. degree from an accredited institution or must demonstrate equivalent accomplishment. Previous course work may be offered in partial fulfillment of major or minor field requirements, subject to evaluation and acceptance. Ph.D. candidates are required to demonstrate competency in all areas required of the M.A. in musicology major at Indiana University.

Applicants for the Ph.D. in musicology must demonstrate strong preparation in music history. Students with outstanding credentials may apply directly from a bachelor's degree; students holding an M.A. or M.M. in musicology may be exempted from certain courses on the recommendation of the department. A formal research paper must be submitted with the application. The applicant's scores on the GRE General Test must be received from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, by the application deadline.

Progress toward Degree:
Deficiencies in music history or music theory, as determined by the graduate entrance examinations, must be met by the end of the first year. One language examination must be passed by the end of the first year, and a second must be passed before the qualifying examination. The general examination must ordinarily be taken by the spring of the second year. the qualifying examination should ordinarily be taken in the fall of the fourth year. A dissertation proposal should ordinarily be submitted during the fourth year. Exceptions to this general schedule require permission of the department.

48-78 credit hours. M551 Introduction to Historical Musicology (3 cr.), M602 Seminar in Musicology (3-3-3-3-3 cr.), M603 Methods of Musical Scholarship (3 cr.); 9 credit hours of courses in musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, or other musical subjects approved by the student's doctoral advisory committee; M604 Qualifying Exam Tutorial (3 cr.); M605 Qualifying Exam and Dissertation Area Tutorial (3 cr.); M700 Dissertation in Musicology (6-36 cr.).

One minor, which may be inside or outside of music, with sufficient credit hours to satisfy the course requirements for a Ph.D. minor, as determined by the department in which the minor is taken. All such minors must be recognized or accepted by the University Graduate School. A Ph.D. minor typically requires 12 credit hours of course work, and departments may also require a written and/or oral examination in the minor field.

Tool subjects:
Reading knowledge of two non-English languages. The first language must be French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, or Spanish; the second should be relevant to the student’s research area and is to be determined in consultation with a musicology faculty advisor and the department chair. Reading knowledge in a language may be demonstrated in the following ways:

  • by passing an examination administered by the appropriate language department
  • by passing a translation examination administered by the musicology department
  • by grades of B or higher in two semesters of reading courses at the graduate level
  • by receiving a grade of B or higher in a literature or civilization course at Indiana University numbered 300 or higher (exclusive of individual readings and correspondence courses) in which the reading is done in the foreign language.

Styles Exam:
Students are given a written examination in which they are asked to identify and describe representative musical styles on the basis of an analysis of aural and visual examples. The musical styles examination must be taken prior to the oral examination by students who have at least 9 credit hours of doctoral course work. The styles examination may be taken no more than twice. Additional information may be obtained from the music graduate office.

Advisory Committee:
After a student is admitted to the degree program, an advisory committee is appointed by the director of graduate studies. This committee administers the qualifying examinations and approves and grades any required recitals or music performances.

Research Committee:
The research committee for Ph.D. dissertations is appointed by the dean of the University Graduate School. See the University Graduate School Bulletin for further information on the appointment and constitution of the committee.