This chart models normal progress through the program. Students entering with a M.A. in musicology typically begin the plan with the second year. Satisfactory progress through the program is one of the requirements for continuing graduate student financial support, including teaching assistantships and dissertation fellowships; all funding is necessarily competitive, and awards are determined through the deliberations of the entire musicology faculty. Note: no graduate exams will be scheduled between June 15 and September 15.


YEAR 1: Full-time coursework (at least 6 courses)
YEAR 2: Full-time coursework (at least 5-6 courses)
Teaching Practicum (495)

Comprehensive Exam

YEAR 3: Coursework leading towards your area specialization (3-6 courses)
Ph.D. Language requirement, Special Field Exam (Winter or Spring)
YEAR 4: Dissertation research and writing; Dissertation Seminar
Dissertation Proposal Defense
YEAR 5-6: Dissertation research and writing; Dissertation Seminar
Dissertation Defense

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