The PhD in Music

The graduate programs in ethnomusicology are currently not accepting new students. Admissions to these programs will resume in fall 2020 (with applications due in January 2020).

The PhD in Music offers concentrations in four areas: composition, ethnomusicology, music education, and musicology. Students work closely with faculty advisors to define coursework in their specialties and in related areas of study, remove pre-program deficiencies, and prepare for the comprehensive exam and dissertation.

Exam-driven rather than course-driven, the Ph.D. in Music requires a variable number of credits depending on the concentration chosen and the background of the individual student. In general, the student takes courses required by his/her area as well as those specified by an advisory panel. Coursework to improve scholarly graduate level writing skills may also be required. At a minimum doctoral coursework must satisfy program residency requirements. (see Program Residency Requirements, below)

All doctoral students must take at least 50% of their coursework at the graduate level (courses numbered 600 and higher).

Doctoral students who have not passed a course in bibliography/library research methods at the master’s level will be required to take Mus 661 as a deficiency course at UHM.