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Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is designed for qualified graduate students with an M.A. seeking a professional academic degree in Music that culminates with a final dissertation defense.

The University of Maryland School of Music offers PhD degrees in the following:

For specific policies and requirements in the above PhD degrees, please refer to our most recent academic Graduate Handbook.

The above degrees vary greatly. In addition to specific requirements, the PhD student generally completes the following:

  • An average of 8 courses (or 24 credits) prior to candidacy
  • Pass preliminary examinations
  • Defend Dissertation (12 credits)