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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, Ph.D.

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Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines:

Minimum Total Hours: 60
Level: Doctoral
CIP Code: 50.0901
Dept Code: MUS
Major/College Codes: DMS FA
Approved: 2003


Music Education (MDE)

Doctoral applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. C. Victor Fung, Coordinator of the Doctoral Major, as early as possible at

Contact Information

College: The Arts
Department: School of Music

Contact Information:

Financial Aid Deadlines: Fall Admissions Only

$5,580 to $22,000 per year plus Tuition Waiver Residency Requirement
One academic year of full-time study. Successive summers may be considered.
Graduate Assistantships Feb 15 No Application - By Faculty Recommendation only
Fellowships Feb 1 No application.
By faculty recommendation only.

Music Faculty, Alumni, and Students

Perhaps the most compelling reason to study music at the University of South Florida is the opportunity to work with our superb music faculty. These gifted, dedicated artists/scholars are among the preeminent leaders in their fields and have been carefully chosen for their professional training, excellence in musical performance and research, and pedagogical expertise. They are featured on many professional recordings and appear in prestigious concert venues around the world. Their compositions are premiered globally. Their scholarship is published in the leading research journals, books, and monographs in their disciplines. The School of Music also invites guest composers, conductors, and performing musicians to enhance its performances and to provide master classes, symposia, and clinics for students and the public. Many USF music alumni are currently performers in a variety of concert settings and successful teachers in public schools, colleges, and universities around the country in a variety of concert settings. The School of Music at USF offers the student the opportunity to study with distinguished faculty and to be in the company of other superior music students for an exciting and exacting period of study.

Ph.D. in Music Education

The Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education is the highest degree in the field. At the University of South Florida, this major is designed to develop leaders in music education research, teaching, and administration. The curriculum prepares the student to engage in original research in music education and related fields (arts education, music technology, aesthetics, philosophy, cognitive development, creativity, social psychology, neuropsychology, engineering, gerontology, speech and communication sciences, special and gifted education, etc.). In coordination with faculty mentors, the student has great flexibility in designing a program of study that fits his/her interests and strengths. Admission requirements include an interview with the music education faculty and the submission of writing samples and GRE scores. A limited number of fellowships and assistantships are available for qualified students.


National Association of Schools of Music (N.A.S.M.); National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.)

Major Research Areas:

Alternative Methods, Community Collaboration, Contemporary Changes, Creativity, Early Childhood, General Music, International Perspectives, Multicultural Issues, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Teacher Behaviors, Technology, and Lifelong Learning in Music

Music Education Concentration in the Ph.D. in Music

The Ph.D. major varies, depending on individual interests and needs. All applicants are expected to have two or more years of teaching experience in a public or private school (or its equivalent). A dissertation and dissertation defense are required. The Ph.D. degree empowers students to become scholarly producers of research in music education.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Official Application to the USF Office of Graduate Studies for the Ph.D. in Music (code DMS) with a concentration in Music Education (code MDE) in Music (code MUS) in COTA (code FA).
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be received at the same time as the application for admission. Credits to be considered for transfer to this major, which are reflected on other transcripts besides the degree-bearing transcripts, must also be sent for consideration by the faculty.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.50 for master’s degree.
  • GRE General Test required.
  • Successful interview with the music education faculty, either in person or by other arrangement. Prior to the interview, the following must be reviewed by the music education faculty:
    • At least three letters of recommendation from people qualified to speak on behalf of the applicant’s academic and professional capabilities.
    • Sample of the applicant’s best academic writing.
    • Curriculum vita.
    • 15-20 minute video recording of the applicant teaching music.
    • Personal goal statement.

International students must include copies of graduation Certificates and Diplomas (in addition to official transcripts) with their applications

Curriculum Requirements


  • Appointment of Doctoral Committee
  • Comprehensive Qualifying Examination
  • Admission to Candidacy

APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION (due by beginning of final semester)
Final Oral Examination
Final recommendation with signatures presented to Director of Graduate Studies in Music

Total Minimum Hours – 60 (post-masters)

Core - 21 hours

Specialization - 3 hours

Cognate - 9 ours

Statistics and Measurement - 12 hours

Dissertation - 16 hours

The responsibility for seeing that all graduation requirements are met rests with the student.

Core Requirements (21-23 Credit Hours)*

*6 hours of MUE 7939  – 16 hours of MUE 7980 ; 4 hours of MUE 7939  – 18 hours of MUE 7980 

Specialization: Alternative Course:

**MUE 7937  may replace one of the specialization courses except MUE 7786 , MUE 7939 , and MUE 7935 

Cognate (9 Credit Hours)

Choice of graduate courses in music from the following:

Jazz Studies, Music Composition, Music Conducting, Music History, Music Literature, Music Performance, Music Theory (Or an education-related field)

Dissertation (16-18 Credit Hours)*

*6 hours of MUE 7939  – 16 hours of MUE 7980 ; 4 hours of MUE 7939  – 18 hours of MUE 7980  

Prerequisite: Comprehensive Qualifying Examination

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