Historical Musicology and Music Theory PhD

College of Arts and Sciences

Program Description

Students in historical musicology encounter a variety of course options offered by a diverse, energetic faculty. Specialties include music of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries criticism, philosophy, and popular music studies. The curriculum for the music theory program is rooted in the theoretical traditions, while also exploring innovations in the field. Graduate seminars in tonal and mathematical theory constitute parallel streams for graduate students, culminating in analysis seminars and theoretical projects. One of UB's greatest resources is the collection found in the Music Library, located in the department.

Program Contact

Kathy Phillips
226 Baird Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Email: kp58@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-645-2758
Fax: 716-645-3824

Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time

Credits Required

  • 72 Hours


  • 5 Years

Application Fee

  • $75

Admission Tests**

  • GRE

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

** At least one of the admissions tests are required for admission. Test and score requirements/exceptions vary by program. Contact the department for details.