Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Music: Musicology


415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Brandeis University music department's graduate programs concentrate in two areas: Musicology, and Composition and Theory.  The department also offers, in conjunction with the department of Women's and Gender Studies, a Joint MA in Women's and Gender Studies. 

The Brandeis Music Department offers three degree programs in musicology: MA (normally one year); MFA (normally two years); and PhD (normally two or more years following the completion of the MFA requirements). The programs offer an integrated approach to the understanding of the nature, structural basis, and historical development of music.  Students may elect to emphasize or concentrate in music history or in theory and analysis.  In the music history program, a variety of techniques and methodologies, including style development, source studies, and historiography, are applied to different repertories and historical problems.  The theory and analysis program features work in the history of theory as well as analytic work in the context of theory construction involving the evaluation of pretonal, tonal, and contemporary analytic models.

Joint MA in Women's and Gender Studies

The music department offers an interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies that integrates the study of women's experiences and gender roles with the music core of studies.  Topics include feminist theory, gender studies, cultural history, and the investigation of work by and about women.



Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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