The Ph.D. in Historical Musicology is granted in recognition of superior scholarly
ability and attainment. Award of the degree is based not only on computation of
time or enumeration of courses, but also upon distinguished work. Many applicants
enter the program after completing a master’s degree in Musicology or Music
History, but highly qualified applicants may enter directly upon completion of a
Coursework is formulated to suit the individual needs of the student and requires
the consent of the advisor. The Ph.D. in Historical Musicology requires 36 credit
hours of coursework and an additional 18 hours of dissertation research credit
hours. Required coursework includes three doctoral seminars (MUHI 590), MUHI
610 (Bibliography), and MUHI 612 (Analysis for Music Historians). In the first two
years students will be expected to take three seminars (or 9 credits) per semester,
for a total of 36 hours.
Students admitted to the program will take diagnostic examinations prior to the
start of classes in the first year of the program, Based on these examinations,
students may be required to enroll in specific courses to address deficiencies; these
course credits may be applied toward the requirement. At the beginning of the fall in
the third year of study, students will take qualifying exams for advancement to
candidacy. These examinations will consist of written and oral sections, and will be
conducted and evaluated by the Musicology Faculty. Following the examinations,
the Faculty will review each student’s portfolio and based on work contained
therein will make a decision regarding advancement to candidacy in the Ph.D.
program. Students who do not advance but who have done satisfactory work will be
eligible to receive the M.A. in Music History at this juncture.
Students who advance to candidacy will register for dissertation research credits
and begin research work for the dissertation. Working with a faculty advisor, the
student will develop a proposal for the dissertation, which will be presented in
writing to the faculty no later than April 1 of the third year of study. It is expected
that the fourth and fifth years of study will be devoted to work on the dissertation.
Upon completion of the dissertation, each student will present a formal defense to
the musicology faculty.
Under the rules of the School of Graduate Studies, a student must complete the
thesis no later than five years after registering for the first dissertation research
The PhD in Historical Musicology is for students who wish to achieve a high level of
knowledge in music history and the methodologies of musicology. The program
aims to provide local, regional, national, and international leadership in the field
of musicology. The emphasis on research and broad exposure to numerous
approaches to analyzing music, as well as experience teaching in the classroom, is
meant to prepare students for a variety of fields in or related to music history.
The PhD program, which has grown dramatically over the past decade and attracted
a world-class faculty, has a reputation for placing its graduates in major programs in
musicology and related fields across the country. The students in the PhD program
are active in the larger academic community, giving papers at national and
international juried conferences, publishing articles in major refereed journals in all
corners of the discipline, and winning highly competitive awards, including
fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American
Musicological Society (AMS 50), and the Fulbright Program.
The PhD program in Historical Musicology was reviewed in 2016 as required by the
Ohio Board of Regents. The next review will take place in 2024. Program goals and
objectives were revised in the summer of 2016.
Application procedures may be found at http://music.case.edu/prospective-graduate-students/apply-to-the-university/