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Certificate Program in Musicology

The Certificate Program in Musicology is offered to students enrolled in the various doctoral programs in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (D.M.A. programs, the Ph.D. in Music Theory, and the Ph.D. in Music Education). It is intended to prepare a student to teach introductory courses in music history, world music, music appreciation, and ethnomusicology at the undergraduate level, in addition to the area of his or her doctoral degree.

The Program

The Certificate Program in Musicology has four components:

  1. The level of basic competency required of all doctoral students in Music, namely, 3 courses in Musicology totaling 9 credit hours.
  2. A core of three required courses designed to augment and refine students' understanding of the methods, materials, and approaches available to scholars and teachers in the field of musicology. These courses in the certificate track differ from those usually elected by students not in the certificate program.
    • the sequence Musicology 501–502 (6 credit hours), Introduction to Graduate Studies. This is a two-part introduction to the fields of historical musicology and ethnomusicology, required of all students entering into the Ph.D. program in musicology. The second course (502) focuses intensively on scholarly writing.
    • Musicology 509, Teaching Introductory Courses in Music (2 credit hours)
  3. Additional topics courses or seminars (totaling 6 to 9 hours for students who do not elect the coursework alternative; totaling 3 to 6 hours for those who do) to be chosen from among the department’s offerings at the 500 and 600 levels that will provide a focus adequate to the particular research interests of the student.  In order to guarantee a sufficient mastery of the skills developed in each course, students will be required to attain an average grade of B or higher in courses chosen to count toward the Certificate in Musicology.
  4. A final oral examination designed by the student in consultation with the departmental committee. The final oral examination will consist of a presentation of a 50-minute class on a topic chosen by the student and approved by the faculty committee that oversees the Certificate Program in Musicology. The aim is to put the student into the sort of situation that a future teaching job might involve on a daily basis. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the committee on any and all of the materials studied during the course of the program. An independent study course in Musicology may be elected with an advisor in preparation for this oral examination. 

Each student in the program will elect a program advisor from among the graduate faculty of the Musicology Department. The program will consist of courses totaling no more than 19 hours of graduate credit, plus the oral examination. Courses other than the required ones listed above will be chosen subject to the approval of the student’s concentration advisor.


In keeping with Rackham guidelines for certificate programs, students apply separately to the certificate program. 

Students enrolled in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and in good standing in any doctoral program (D.M.A. or Ph.D.) besides Musicology may be considered for admission to the Certificate Program in Musicology.  To be admitted, students must demonstrate particular apti­tude for music historical, ethnomusicological, and cultural study, through samples of their written work, including research papers and critical essays, to be presented to and discussed in an interview with the faculty committee that oversees the Certificate Program in Musicology.

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