Music Education, Ph.D.

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Degree Program Requirements

Required: 54 credit hours

Required Music Education Courses (6 credits)
MUE 709The Measurement of Musical Behavior 3
MUE 751Seminar in Music Education 3
Music Education Electives (6 credits)
Select two courses (6 credits) from 600- and 700-level MUE courses *6
Required Research Courses (9 credits)
MUE 700Research Methods in Music 3
MUE 701Research Methods in Music II3
ERM 780Intermediate Statistical Methods in Education 3
Research Electives (3 credits)
Select one course (3 credits) from the following:3
Qualitative Research in Music Education
Design and Analysis of Educational Experiments
Electives (18 credits)
Select 18 credits of electives **18
Dissertation (12 credits)
MUE 799Dissertation12
Total Credit Hours54

Students may select from any 600- or 700-level MUE courses.


Students may select from any graduate-level courses. 

Required Milestones*

  • Diagnostic Exam
  • Residency (Immersion)
  • Plan of Study
  • Research Competency
  • Comprehensive Exam (Written & Oral)
  • Dissertation Proposal
  • Admission to Candidacy
  • Dissertation Defense
  • Filing the Final Approved Dissertation

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