Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
415 South Street, MS 084
Waltham, MA 02453
PhD, MA, MFA
Music thrives at Brandeis. We have an award-winning faculty comprised of composers, scholars, instrumentalists, vocalists and conductors. Our master's degree programs in musicology take an integrated approach to understanding the nature, structural basis and historical development of music.
The one-year MA program is for you if you want to engage in beginning graduate study without making a multi-year commitment, or if you're contemplating a career in performance or in a music-related field (such as library science, arts administration, program annotation) and wish to develop some advanced research and writing skills. This program program requires proficiency in German or French. If you are successful in the one-year MA program, you may choose to continue for a second year to complete the MFA.
The two-year MFA program involves further in-depth study. You'll be required to demonstrate a high degree of competence in research writing by writing a master's thesis or submitting two expanded seminar papers. This program requires proficiency in both German and French.
Our PhD degree program in musicology is designed to give you the time, resources and support to develop your skills as researchers, writers and teachers in higher education. Your training will include both proseminars, which typically survey an array of topics illustrating the representative avenues of research and methodological approaches, and seminars, which offer more intensive investigations devoted to a single topic and stress original research.
If you elect to concentrate in music history or theory and analysis, you'll work closely with the Graduate Program Chair to choose courses appropriate to your specific research interest. Preparation for teaching careers is an integral part of our PhD program in musicology. You'll serve as a teaching fellow during your second, third, fourth and fifth years of training. As such, you'll be responsible for course preparation, lecturing, administering and grading exams and meeting individually with undergraduates.
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
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