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Ph.D. with a Major in Music

Our Ph.D. with a Major in Music program offers concentrations in Composition, Ethnomusicology, Musicology, or Theory.

Admission Requirements:

  • Apply for admission to UNT through the Toulouse Graduate School (tsgs.unt.edu).
  • Apply for admission to the College of Music through the online application for admission, audition, scholarship, fellowship and assistantships
  • Submit the following materials through the music application:
      • A resume
      • Three letters of recommendation by persons who know the applicant personally, professionally and academically.
      • Examples of scholarly writing; a research paper, a published article, or an essay that demonstrates the ability to address significant issues pertaining to the area of study.
      • Submit a statement of personal interest, to include a statement indicating reasons for interest in pursuing graduate study in the chosen field.
  • Evaluation of transcripts from previous degree(s): N.B. Please DO NOT send transcripts to the College of Music. They are part of your application to UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School. After Toulouse evaluates your documents, they will forward copies to the College of Music for review. Your transcripts will be evaluated for coursework deficiencies and notification of required courses will be sent by the Graduate Studies Office after you receive notice of your admission.
  • Submit GRE Verbal and Analytical Writing Scores directly to the Toulouse Graduate School
  • Attend all orientation sessions scheduled by the Director of Graduate Studies in Music.
  • Take the Graduate Placement Examinations (GPE) given by the College of Music during new student orientation - held the week before classes begin.
  • Applicants for the Ph.D. with a concentration in Composition must submit a composition portfolio

Select Ethnomusicology, Musicology, and Theory applicants will be invited to campus for intervews on Friday, February 2, 2018

Composition
Applicants to the Ph.D. program in composition must submit a complete application portfolio to the College of Music Admissions Office by the first Monday in December in order to be considered for admission the following fall semester. Detailed application information may be found on the composition division website.

Historical Musicology
Applicants to the Ph.D. program must submit a complete application portfolio to the College of Music Admissions Office by the first Monday in December in order to be considered for admission the following fall semester. Please note that the area pays close attention to all parts of the portfolio but places special emphasis on the examples of your scholarly writing and your statement of personal interest. After a review of your portfolio, the Music History Area will decide whether you will be invited for an interview; the interview is optional but recommended. The interviews will take place on 2 February 2018. Please contact the area coordinator, Professor Margaret Notley, if you have any questions. For further information about the area, visit our website at http://mhte.music.unt.edu/history.

Ethnomusicology
Applicants to the Ph.D. program must submit a complete application portfolio to the College of Music Admissions Office by the first Monday in December in order to be considered for admission the following fall semester. Please note that the area pays close attention to all parts of the portfolio but places special emphasis on the examples of your scholarly writing and your statement of personal interest. After a review of your portfolio, the Ethnomusicology Area will decide whether you will be invited for an interview; the interview is optional but recommended. Please contact the area coordinator, Professor Steven Friedson (steven.friedson@unt.edu), if you have any questions. For further information about the area, visit our website at http://mhte.music.unt.edu/ethnomusicology

Theory
Thirty hours may be transferred from other institutions with the approval of the Coordinator of Theory in the College of Music. A master's degree from an accredited institution usually is accepted for the first 30 hours.