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Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education

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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a major in music education attracts outstanding students who have an interest in research and wish to further their studies and career. The purpose of the degree is to instruct students in methods of scientific inquiry so that they can engage in research to make new discoveries of human music behaviors. Students will learn investigative and experimental techniques (quantitative and qualitative) and their application to the improvement of music education practice. To pursue this type of research, familiarity with psychology, research design and analysis, and measurement in conjunction with computer science is necessary. Upon completion of the PhD in music education, students will be able to successfully pursue a research agenda that will contribute to the growth of the music education knowledge base. A minimum of two consecutive semesters of study during the regular academic year must be completed as a full-time student. All work must be completed within eight years of the beginning of doctoral study. 

Applicants must provide evidence of superior scholastic ability, a broad musical and educational background, and the capacity of profit from advanced study in music education. In addition, all applicants must have earned a master's degree at a NASM-accredited institution and have completed a minimum of three years of successful music teaching at an elementary or secondary, public or private school and hold a valid teaching license.

All full-time academic year PhD students receive tuition remission and stipend.