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 to candidates following transcript review and/or placement exams.

Thesis

All courses, language reading requirements and the comprehensive examinations must be successfully completed before the thesis proposal is submitted.

Language Reading Requirements

  • Two foreign languages are required. Normally, one of these will be German and the other related to the candidate's field of research.
  • An additional language may be required if considered necessary for the candidate's research.
  • Students whose mother tongue is French are exempt from the French Language Reading examination.
  • The language reading examinations must be passed before a candidate will be permitted to sit the comprehensive examinations.

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

Additional Required Courses for Gender & Women's Studies Ph.D.

WMST 601 Feminist Theories and Methods 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

WMST 602 Feminist Research Symposium 3 Credits
    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.
  • 0-6 credits (for students who have not completed these or equivalent courses) from:
    • MUTH 658 History of Music Theory 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • MUTH 659 History of Music Theory 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

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

Required attendance for four terms of, and at least one presentation of thesis research in, the Doctoral Colloquium:

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