Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences



415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

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.



Eligibility Requirements:

All applicants must have obtained a bachelor's degree or the international equivalent prior to matriculation. Applicants are considered holistically on the basis of a number of factors. In most cases, previous work as an undergraduate major or as a formal minor (18 credits or more) is desirable. However, an applicant should always check with the Music department concerning the suitability of previous academic work as it pertains to the degree program in question.

Facts & Figures

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

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