Graduate Programs in Music 

Welcome to the Department of Music at Stanford University. Our graduate programs bring together a diverse body of students and professors offering highly specialized courses of study while enabling a constant interaction of the various musical disciplines.

The Ph.D. is offered in areas of the research of Stanford’s graduate faculty: Musicology, including specialties in musical aesthetics, history of music theory, and performance practice; and Computer-Based Music Theory and Acoustics (CBMTA), specializing in research in musical acoustics at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). The department seeks students who demonstrate substantial scholarship, high promise of attainment, and the ability to do independent investigation and present the results of such research in a dissertation.

The current Graduate Studies Handbook is available here. A Stanford login/password is required. (Updated 10/1/2013)

Academic requirements for each of the following programs are described in detail in the Stanford Bulletin.

Musicology

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Musicology

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Music, subplan Music History

The M.A. in Music History may be applied for and awarded after matriculated doctoral students in the respective discipline have passed the qualifying examinations and completed 45 units of graduate level work in music. (Currently enrolled students should download the Guidelines for Musicology Quals.)

Computer-Based Music Theory and Acoustics

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Computer-Based Music Theory and Acoustics

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Music, subplan Computer-Based Music Theory and Acoustics

The M.A. in Computer-Based Music Theory and Acoustics may be applied for and awarded after matriculated doctoral students in the respective discipline have passed the qualifying examinations and completed 45 units of graduate level work in music.

Composition

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) Composition

The D.M.A. in Composition is offered to a limited number of students who demonstrate substantial training in the field and high promise of attainment as composers. Students may work in traditional and/or electronic forms. Breadth is given through studies in other branches of music and in relevant fields outside music, as desirable. In addition to formal coursework and independent study, candidates are required to write a number of works in various forms, and to present a public lecture-demonstration based on their final project, a large-scale composition.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Music, subplan Composition

The M.A. in Composition may be applied for and awarded after matriculated doctoral students in the discipline have passed the qualifying examinations and completed 45 units of graduate level work in music.

Music, Science, and Technology

Master of Arts (M.A.) Music, Science, and Technology (MST)

The MST Master’s program is our only “terminal” master: two years in duration and consisting only of coursework.

For additional information about the program and specific course descriptions / syllabi, see the CCRMA website.

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