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Doctor of Philosophy
Music Education: For College and University Faculty

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We are not currently accepting full-time applications for Fall 2023. We encourage you to explore PhD in Music Performance and Composition: Performers or PhD in Music Performance and Composition: Composers or sign up to be notified when the application is open for full-time study in the PhD in Music Education: For College and University Faculty.

This PhD program prepares you to teach at college/university levels, work as researchers in education, for non-profit and corporate settings. Study specialized methodologies, and work closely with global artist-scholars. For credentialed music therapists, a PhD in Music Education with a focus in Music Therapy is available.

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PhD in Music Education: For College and University Faculty

Full-time or Part-time

A Flexible PhD Program Tailored to Your Areas of Interest

Throughout your doctoral degree, you’ll gain a thorough grounding in the significant historical and current issues and developing paradigms in music education. You’ll also study specialized research methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method focuses) as you conceptualize your research ideas and interests, develop a proposal, and complete your dissertation.

You will be able to personalize your program around your individual interests, as well as participate in a variety of performing ensembles and chamber groups directed by leading New York artists.

Work Closely with Faculty on Your Research Interests

As a doctoral student at Steinhardt, you'll join a warm, supportive learning community and be mentored closely by our renowned faculty. You will conduct innovative research in music education and design, then complete and defend a theoretically grounded dissertation under the guidance of your faculty advisor.

Music Therapy Concentration

This degree allows you to design a program of study based on your specific areas of interest.


Upon graduation, you’ll be well positioned to take on a position as a professor, researcher, departmental and school administrator, and other leadership roles in higher education.

Funding for Full-Time PhD Students

If you are accepted as a full-time NYU Steinhardt PhD student without an alternate funding source, you are eligible for our generous funding package, which includes a scholarship and tuition remission. Learn more about our funding opportunities.


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Dr. Jason Thompson at

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