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PhD, Music Education: For College and University Faculty

PhD in Music Education



Foundations 6 points
Specialized Research Methodology 3 points
Cognates (course related to but not in specialization) 6 points
Advised Research Courses 15 points
Guided Electives 9 points
Departmental Content Seminar 3 points
Dissertation Proposal Seminar 3 points
Minimum Points  45 points  


All students are required to complete 6 credits (two courses) of course work in foundations during the first 24 credits of doctoral study. Graduate courses qualify for the foundations requirement when they are upper division courses (NYU Steinhardt 2000 level courses or their equivalent in other schools) and designed to broaden students’ access to knowledge outside of the areas of specialization. Courses are considered foundational when they (1) provide broad basic content not limited to a single profession, are outside the student’s specialization, and do not require prerequisites; (2) are based on current scholarship in the arts, humanities, sciences and/or social sciences; and (3) have wide applicability to common issues of the student’s specialization and profession.


A cognate is a course outside of the student's specialization or a course that combines music with another academic discipline.

Advised Research

Research courses by advisement are related to the student's proposed topic or area of research interest. These courses are selected to ensure that the student has the appropriate skills and expertise to conduct research and analysis necessary to write a dissertation. Potential research courses include those with a wide range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method focuses.