Requirements and Courses

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of three years of full-time resident study (six full-time terms) beyond a bachelor's degree. A candidate who holds a master's degree in the area of specialization may, on the recommendation of the Department, be permitted to count the work done for the master's degree as the first year of resident study.

Additional prerequisite courses may be assigned following transcript review and/or placement exams.

Placement Exams

All students beginning a Ph.D. in Music Education are required to take placement examinations in order to determine that their academic preparation in music is sufficient.

Thesis

All courses and language requirements must be completed before the thesis proposal is submitted.  

Language Reading Requirements

  • One foreign-language reading examination is required.  An additional language may be required if considered necessary for the candidate's research.  
  • The language reading examinations must be passed before a candidate will be permitted to sit the comprehensive examinations.
  • Students whose mother tongue is French are exempt from the French Language Reading examination.

Students may fulfill the language requirement by taking language course(s) at McGill. Proficiency will be measured by either 12 credits of beginner’s undergraduate or 6 credits of intermediate study or by passing the Language Reading Examination.  The examination consists of two passages from the scholarly literature.  The student is asked to translate both passages into her/his mother tongue in good literate style within three hours.  One of the passages will usually have a theoretical/analytical emphasis in order to test the student’s knowledge of technical vocabulary.  Dictionaries may be used.  The exam can be taken in December, May and August of each year.

The exam may be taken no more than twice. Students are encouraged to register for a course if the first effort is not successful.

Required Courses

MUGS 701 Comprehensive Exam Part 1
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUGS 702 Comprehensive Exam Part 2
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Complementary Courses (6-36 credits)

Students entering in Ph.D. 1

A minimum of five 3-credit graduate courses approved by the Department (the Doctoral Tutorial will be considered a course for purposes of this requirement).

Additional graduate courses (normally two to seven 3-credit graduate courses), will be assigned by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the area chair at the time of the admissions decision.

Students entering in Ph.D. 2

Applicants who have completed a master's degree before entering the Ph.D. program will be admitted into Ph.D. 2, and assigned graduate courses (normally two to seven 3-credit graduate courses) beyond the master's requirements.

The number of courses will be assigned by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the area chair at the time of the admissions decision.

Doctoral Colloquium

Attendance for four terms of the Doctoral Colloquium, and at least one presentation of the student's thesis research, is required:

MUGS 705 Colloquium
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer