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 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is a program both demanding and rewarding for those highly qualified students interested in pursuing the highest level of academic and musical academic study. The Ph.D. is offered in:

  • Music Education
  • Music Theory
  • Music Therapy
  • Musicology

The Doctor of Philosophy student can expect to focus on research and scholarship in an area of interest within the scope of the major emphasis. It is often sought by those who aspire to careers in research and graduate-level teaching. The requirements help the student develop broad and profound understanding of music as it pertains to the student’s major area of emphasis, sophisticated skill and extensive experience in pursuing new knowledge of that emphasis, and a rational system for evaluating the relationships between the specialty and other areas of human understanding. The program culminates with completion of a substantial piece of original research.


The Doctoral Program Profiles for MUSIC and MEMT can be found here». Questions about the data in the profiles should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies at Email: graduate@ku.edu. Questions about the academic programs should be directed to the respective department.


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