College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

PhD in Music Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in music education is designed to prepare individuals for careers as college music education faculty members, or as music administrators and practitioner-leaders in public schools. The Ph.D. degree program requires a minimum of 45 semester hours of graduate course work (including 15 hours of masters level background courses in music education), and a minimum of 30 hours of doctoral dissertation credit.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Masters Level Background Courses – 15 hrs.
Music Education – 15 hrs.
  • Doctoral Seminar – 3 hrs.
  • Issues in College Teaching – 3 hrs.
  • Historical Research Methods – 3 hrs.
  • Quantitative Research Methods – 3 hrs.
  • Qualitative Research Methods – 3 hrs.
Music Electives – 6 hrs.
  • Select from: Musicology; Music Theory, Jazz Studies, Performance, and Conducting.
Non-Music Electives – 9 hrs.
  • Intermediate Statistics – 3 hrs.
  • Elective Courses – 6 hrs.
    • Select from: Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Psychology; Research and Evaluation Methodology; and Social and Multicultural Foundations
Dissertation – 30 hrs.

Ph.D. Admission Requirements

  • Graduate School Application and Application Fee
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts (1 official copy per school)
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0* and BME degree or equivalent
    • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.25* and MME degree or equivalent
  • 4 current letters of reference
    • Should address academic potential, teaching skills, musicianship, and character
    • Minimum of one letter from a graduate professor in an academic area
  • Professional Resume (1-2 pages)
  • Minimum of three years of successful K-12 music teaching experience
  • Critical Issue Essay
  • Evidence of writing proficiency (for example, a Masters-level course paper or thesis)
  • Live or videotaped demonstration of teaching
  • Interview with music education faculty
    • On-campus interview is preferred; video-phone or off-campus interview is optional
  • GRE Exam Scores: General test (verbal, analytical, quantitative) is required

* Note: Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 and/or a graduate GPA below 3.25 must submit a GRE Writing Assessment score to be considered for admission