Music education (PhD)

This degree is a doctorate of philosophy in learning, teaching and curriculum with an emphasis in music education.

This degree is part of the Music Education Program housed in the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.

The MEd in music education offers you an opportunity to advance your career, knowledge and skills in music education, regardless of level or specialization. This program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

This program is only offered on campus and does not lead to certification.

Degree Requirements

To receive a PhD in music education, you must complete 72 hours beyond a bachelor’s degree. Specific coursework is planned by the doctoral student and a doctoral committee to meet your individual needs and future goals.

This program is research-intensive. You are expected to complete four to five research courses, read past and current research, assist and collaborate with faculty and peers on research projects, develop the ability to translate research findings to the classroom and achieve independence as a researcher.

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Admission Requirements

You must meet two sets of minimum qualifications in order to be considered for admission:

Please note that you must be a certified music teacher, with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in music education, or present evidence of equivalent experience in order to be admitted into this program.

A committee of faculty members reviews your application’s credentials. You are not guaranteed admission even if you meet the minimum qualifications.

How to Apply

In addition to completing the Graduate Studies application, you must submit the following materials to the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Personal Data Sheet
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (international students only)