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Music Education

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The doctoral program in music education stimulates creative thought in applied as well as theoretical research, developing the emerging scholar while broadening their knowledge base of the profession. The emphasis in doctoral work is on the development of abilities for high-level scholarship and professional leadership.

The PhD in music education offers the emerging scholar:

  • Courses that prepare students for advanced research in music education
  • Interdisciplinary interaction within a comprehensive school of music and a major research university
  • A curriculum with a varied range of pedagogical inquiry, analytical systems, and cultural areas

Program Requirements: minimum of 90 credits (5xxx/8xxx level) including thesis credits.

1. Major Area: 33 Credits of courses at the 5xxx/8xxx level in Music Education/Therapy to include:

  • MUED 8280 The Doctoral Core Seminar Series (three semesters at 3 credits each semester) and MUED 8284 (3 credits)

The research core is fulfilled by successful completion of a minimum of three core research courses, including MUED 8119 Advanced Applications of Research Methods (3 credits) and a minimum of two of the following:

  • MUED 8112 Introduction to Research Methods and Design in Arts Education (3 credits)
  • MUED 8115 Assessment in Arts Education (3 credits)
  • MUED 8118 Qualitative Research in Arts Education (3 credits)
  • MUED 5xxx/8xxx other courses in Music Education/Therapy

Students are also encouraged to take related courses from the College of Education and Human Development and/or the School of Statistics.

2. Concentration: 18 Credits of Mus 5xxx/8xxx level courses in musicology/ethnomusicology, theory, and creative studies and media that support music education either directly or by developing breadth of competence; a minimum of two 3-credit courses must be taken at the University of Minnesota, representing at least two of these three disciplines. This may include one literature/pedagogy course.

3. Supporting Program: 15 Credits

  • 5xxx/8xxx courses from the following:
  • Music
  • Liberal arts
  • Professional education
  • Other areas in consultation with advisor

4. Thesis: 24 credits of MUS 8888 credits. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s originality and ability for independent investigation, and the results of the research must constitute a significant contribution to knowledge within the field. The thesis must exhibit a mastery of the literature of the subject and familiarity with the sources. The subject matter must be presented in a scholarly manner, providing evidence of highly developed literary skill.

5. Preliminary exams (written and oral), final oral exam

View the degree plan requirements for the music education PhD.