Summary of Degree Requirements

The Musicology Program

M.A. Degree

  • Six graduate courses or 18 points (4000-level or above), including the following:
    • The 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)
    • Other courses chosen in consultation with the advisor
  • One revised seminar paper (Historical Musicology and Theory), or one thesis (Ethnomusicology)
  • Passing of a translation exam in one foreign language
  • 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, MPhil, or PhD).

M.Phil. Degree

  • Eight graduate courses (24 points) beyond those required for the M.A., chosen in consultation with the advisor and requirements of the area
  • Passing of a translation examination in a second language
  • Passing of a multi-part General Examination in the student's area of concentration
  • Preparation of dissertation proposal in M.Phil. Seminar with intended sponsor

Ph.D. Degree

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

Historical Musicology

M.A. Degree

  • Six graduate courses or 18 points (4000-level or above), including the following:
    • The proseminar in  Historical Musicology (GR6105)
    • At least one other proseminar:  Ethnomusicology (MUSI GR6411) or Music Theory (GR6333)
    • One course in musical analysis, chosen in consultation with the advisor
    • Other courses chosen in consultation with the advisor
    • Professional Strategies and Skills (GR6000) in the Fall of the second year (this course does not count toward the credit totals for the MA, MPhil, or PhD).
  • One revised seminar paper
  • Passing of a translation exam in one foreign language

According to GSAS regulations, all MA requirements must be completed within 4 consecutive semesters from initial date of registration.

M.Phil. Degree

  • Eight graduate courses (24 points) beyond those required for the M.A., chosen in consultation with the advisor and requirements of the area
  • Passing of a translation exam in a second language
  • Passing of a multi-part General Examination
  • Preparation of dissertation proposal in M.Phil. Seminar with intended sponsor

According to GSAS regulations, all MPhil requirements (including those for the MA) must be completed within 8 consecutive semesters from initial date of registration.

Ph.D. Degree

  • Succesful defense of the proposal in oral Proposal Defense (2-3 hours)
  • Completetion 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 (GR8231-8232 and GR8233-8234)
    • Two semesters of Music Since 1900 (GR6379-6380)
    • Two semesters of Basic Electroacoustics (GR6601-6602)
    • Two graduate courses in theory or analysis
  • Pass a translation examination in a language approved by the advisor, most often French, German, or Italian
  • 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).

D.M.A. Degree

  • At least six graduate courses (18 points) beyond those required for the M.A., including at least two semesters of electronic or computer music
  • Pass a translation examination in a second language
  • Pass two oral examinations in music analysis, one dealing with a work from the standard concert repertoire and presented to a committee of three faculty members, and the other dealing with a recent work, presented 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.