Doctor Of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Music Ph.D. requires at least 18 credits beyond the M.A., including 3 out of the 4 proseminars, as well as MUSIC 699 Directed Research. The student's particular selection of courses may exceed 18 credits and will be determined in consultation with the student's advisory committee. MUSIC 699 has as its goal the production of a potentially publishable, article-length paper; students who have completed a master's thesis may be exempted from this requirement if the student's advisory committee confirms that the thesis is acceptable as a substitute.

The program culminates in the dissertation, a substantial work of original scholarship written after successful completion of candidacy examinations. Ph.D. students must demonstrate proficiency in one approved language other than English before taking candidacy examinations.


Prospective Ph.D. students should hold an M.A. or M.Mus. degree (or a recognized equivalent) with evidence of outstanding ability and accomplishment in the area of specialization. Applicants who hold an Honours B.A. or B.Mus. degree must complete the core of courses relevant to the M.A. and any other requirements determined necessary by the department. This is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Please consult the Application Checklist for complete details.

For more information on the Ph.D. program, please consult the Graduate Program Manual (in revision).