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:

Brandeis University's Department of Music offers graduate programs Musicology and Composition & Theory. We offer an integrated approach to the understanding of the nature, structural basis, and historical development of music, with three degree programs in musicology:

  • M.A. (normally one year)
  • M.F.A. (normally two years)
  • Ph.D. (normally two or more years following the completion of the MFA requirements)

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.

Located just outside of Boston, Brandeis students are able to take advantage of the cultural offerings of a world-class city, as well as opportunities through the graduate school consortium. Musicology faculty and students actively participate in the American Musicological Society of New England.

Generous scholarships are available for M.A. and M.F.A. students. Ph.D. students receive full tuition scholarships and stipends.



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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