Doctor of Philosphy in Music Education

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education are the same as those found under the Teaching and Learning Doctoral Program in Education and are listed below.

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. Graduate grade point average(s) above 3.5.
  2. Excellent writing skills.
  3. Three references that speak to academic ability, professional accomplishments related to your field of study, and positive character traits.
  4. A statement of clear professional goals that can be met by our program as specified in the graduate catalog.
  5. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Recommended: The Graduate Record General Examination (verbal, quantitative, analytical), the Advanced Graduate Record Examination, and/or the Miller Analogies Test.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Music Department.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree set forth by the Music Depart include:

The Ph.D. program of study in Teaching and Learning shall include the following:

  1. Completion of 90-96 semester credits beyond the baccalaureate degree.
  2. Maintenance of at least a 3.0 GPA for all classes completed as a graduate student.
  3. With approval of a student’s Faculty Advisory Committee, up to one-half of the work beyond a master’s degree (maximum of 30 semester credit hours) may be transferred from another institution that offers post-master’s degrees in the discipline.
  4. At least one-half of the work must be in the major field, including:
    1. at least 10 credits of dissertation, which incorporates independent work that is an original contribution to knowledge in the field.
    2. A minimum of 6 credits in the Foundations of Education.
    3. A minimum of 12 credits of scholarly tools
  5. At least 12 hours of a minor or cognate in a supporting area.
  6. Meet one of the three residency options described below:

Residency Requirements

The purpose of residency is to provide an opportunity for sustained and concentrated intellectual effort, to provide for immersion in a research environment, and to permit extensive interaction with fellow students and faculty of the major department.

The residency for the Ph.D. in Music Education is designed to provide the student with the experiences outlined by the School of Graduate Studies. Students are expected to engage in serious scholarship and reflect on their learning and experiences, as well as to integrate their doctoral study such that the program of study they pursue will become a unified experience. A doctoral student in Music Education can meet the residency requirement in any one of the following ways:

  1. Students will complete a residency while enrolled in a minimum of nine semester hours of credit during each of two consecutive semesters (Fall/Spring or Spring/Fall). Students in this option are encouraged, but are not required, to enroll in a Doctoral Seminar during their residency or at another time in the program. If a student is a GTA, GSA or GRA, the number of credits that the student may take for this option is less and is specified in the catalog.
  2. Students will complete a residency while enrolled in a minimum of eight semester hours of credit during each of three consecutive summer sessions and in a minimum of two Doctoral Seminars following their first and second or third summers in residence.
  3. Students will complete a residency over a period of three consecutive years of continuous enrollment in a minimum of 36 hours of credit (12 credits per year for three years), to include a minimum of two Doctoral Seminars during the period of residency.
Core Courses listed above9
Music Education Component
MUSC 503Psychological Foundations of Music Learning3
MUSC 507Foundations of Music Education3
MUSC 999Dissertation10-15
Music Electives (other studies in Music)7-23
Teaching & Learning Core (minimum of 12 credits)
T&L 539College Teaching3
T&L 545Adult Learners3
Teaching & Learning Core Electives (selected from T&L list in consultation with adviser)6
Foundations of Education
EFR 500Introduction to the Foundations of Education3
MUSC 503Psychological Foundations of Music Learning (listed above)3
MUSC 507Foundations of Music Education (listed above)3
Scholarly Tools in Education
(may serve as Research cognate, 3 options, see below)12
Supporting Area and Electives
(may include Minor, 24 credits or Cognate, 12 credits)21-26
Scholarly Tools Options (courses below or equivalents)
Option 1: Qualitative Emphasis Option
EFR 510Qualitative Research Methods3
EFR 520Advanced Qualitative Research Methods3
EFR 516Statistics II3
MUSC 598Research in Music Education3
Or equivalents
Option 2: Quantitative Emphasis Option
EFR 510Qualitative Research Methods3
EFR 516Statistics II3
EFR 518Multivariate Analysis3
MUSC 598Research in Music Education3
Or equivalents
Option 3: Tests and Measurements Option
EFR 511Program Evaluation3
EFR 512Survey and Test Design3
EFR 516Statistics II3
MUSC 598Research in Music Education3

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