Graduate Study


Our graduate program distinguishes itself through rigorous scholarly training in the integrative study of music. Graduate students may concentrate on:

Coursework in all musical sub-disciplines is often augmented by classes taken in departments across the university. Students are encouraged to develop their vocal and instrumental skills and participate in the performance program. Composers have numerous opportunities for performances of their music through Contempo, New Music Ensemble, and other Chicago-area ensembles.

Doctoral students also serve as course assistants and stand-alone lecturers in the college, teaching introductory classes in western music, world music, musical materials and design, music analysis and criticism, and music theory. Music students can also apply for teaching classes in the common core as well as for positions as writing tutors in the College. Student teachers are mentored by Department faculty and the Center for Teaching and Learning, and participate in the Department's Faculty-Student Teaching Forum.

Due to the nature of interdisciplinary study at the University of Chicago, many of the course requirements in the program overlap between the three Ph.D. tracks. Composers and historians will study Music Theory, theorists might take a seminar in Ethnomusicology, and so on.

NB: Like most North American universities, the Division of the Humanities makes admission decisions based on the recommendations of the entire Departmental faculty. You are most welcome to contact individual faculty with questions about the program or their research, but please be aware that there is no concept of individual faculty members having personal "places" for research students, as might be the system in other parts of the world. 

If you have questions about the application process or the graduate program, go to the Graduate FAQ.