Summary of Degree Requirements

Historical Musicology, Ethnomusicology & Music Theory

M.A. Degree

  • Complete at least ten graduate courses (30 points), including:
    • A proseminar in the area of concentration: Ethnomusicology (MUSI GR6411); Historical Musicology (GR6105); or Music Theory (GR6333).
    • At least one other proseminar (for students in Historical Musicology and Music Theory).
    • At least two courses in field methods (for Ethnomusicology) or one course in music analysis (for Historical Musicology and Music Theory), chosen in consultation with advisor.
    • Other courses chosen in consultation with advisor.
  • Submit one revised seminar paper (Historical Musicology and Music Theory) or one thesis (Ethnomusicology).
  • Pass a translation exam in one foreign language.
  • All students are required to take Professional Strategies and Skills (GR6000) in the second year.
  • According to GSAS regulations, all MA requirements must be completed within 4 consecutive semesters from initial date of registration.

M.Phil. Degree

  • Four graduate courses (12 points) beyond those required for the M.A., chosen in consultation with advisor and requirements of the area.
  • Pass a translation exam in a second language.
  • Pass a multi-part General Examination in the student's area of concentration.
  • Prepare of dissertation proposal in M.Phil. Seminar with intended sponsor.

Ph.D. Degree

  • Successful defense of the proposal in oral Proposal Defense (2-3 hours).
  • Completion and defense of the dissertation in accordance with GSAS procedures.

The Composition Program

M.A. Degree

  • Complete at least ten graduate courses (30 points), including:
    • Four semesters of the Composition Seminar, GR8231 (Fall) and GR8232 (Spring).
    • Two graduate courses in Music Since 1900, GR6379 and GR6380.
    • Two graduate courses in electronic/computer music.
    • Two graduate courses in theory or analysis.
  • Pass a translation examination in a language approved by advisor, most often French, German or Italian.
  • Pass an oral examination in music analysis, dealing with a work from the standard concert repertoire and presented to a committee of three faculty members.
  • All students are required to take Professional Strategies and Skills (GR6000) in the Fall of the second year (this course does not count toward the credit totals for the MA or DMA).
  • According to GSAS regulations, all MA requirements must be completed within 4 consecutive semesters from initial date of registration.

D.M.A. Degree

  • At least six graduate courses (18 points) beyond those required for the M.A.
  • Pass a translation exam in a second language.
  • Pass an oral examination in music analysis, dealing with a recent work, and presented to faculty and students in an hour-long lecture to the Composition Seminar.
  • Submit a portfolio, whose contents depend on the student's interests and accomplishments (typically including three substantial compositions and two other items, such as essays, style-imitative compositions, computer programs, performances, or further compositions); evaluation of the portfolio will determine the student's qualification to undertake dissertation work.
  • Submit a dissertation proposal for approval by the composition faculty; the dissertation includes both a composition of major scope and an essay (about the composition or about another subject).
  • Write the dissertation, defend it before a committee of Department faculty and outside examiners, and deposit it according to GSAS procedures.