Music Theory — MA, PhD

Music Theory: MA

Program Information

PROGRAM NAME

Music Theory


PROGRAM LEVEL

Master of Arts (MA)


COLLEGE/SCHOOL AFFILIATION

School of Music and Dance



ADMISSIONS INFORMATION


FINAL DEADLINE

Fall Term: December 10


MEDIAN TIME TO DEGREE

1.7 years


CAMPUS

Eugene


Program Description

The master of arts degree enables students to gain advanced knowledge and skills in music theory, as well as in closely related areas. Graduate courses and seminars provide extensive exposure to problems in analysis and the history of music theory.

Many master’s students learn to be teachers through the Graduate Teaching Fellow program, and students also have the opportunity to gain experience in presenting at regional conferences.

A thesis in music theory is required for the degree and is carried out under the guidance of a faculty advisor and two other readers, who work closely with the student.

Master’s students from the program have been accepted into a number of the top PhD programs around the world including the Oregon program.

Program Information  Faculty


Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. This program has two separate applications, the University of Oregon application and a department application. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website.

UO Application Requirements

Program-Specific Application Requirements

Required

  • Interview with the music theory faculty
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Portfolio
  • Preliminary Written Exam for the Music Theory GE
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample

Optional

  • Recent concert or recital programs

Not Required

  • GMAT or GRE

Apply Through Department


Music Theory: PhD

Program Information

PROGRAM NAME

Music Theory


PROGRAM LEVEL

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


COLLEGE/SCHOOL AFFILIATION

School of Music and Dance



ADMISSIONS INFORMATION


FINAL DEADLINE

Fall Term: December 10


MEDIAN TIME TO DEGREE

6.7 years


CAMPUS

Eugene


Program Description

The music theory PhD program emphasizes both intellectual and practical skills while enabling students to become as broadly knowledgeable in the field as possible. Included in the course of study are classes in, among other subjects:

  • Advanced analysis (including Schenkerian, post-tonal and Neo-Riemannian analysis)
  • Advanced aural skills
  • Keyboard techniques
  • Pedagogy
  • Composition
  • History of theory
  • College music teaching
  • World music
  • Electronic/computer music

Each student experiences a great deal of personal attention from the faculty, and many students gain teaching experience through participation in our Graduate Teaching Fellow program.

There is an especially supportive relationship between the student and his or her major advisor, and with members of the student's doctoral committee.

The PhD program culminates in a public presentation of the candidate’s research, as well as a dissertation.

Program Information  Faculty


Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. This program has two separate applications, the University of Oregon application and a department application. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website.

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website.

UO Application Requirements

Program-Specific Application Requirements

Required

  • Higher TOEFL/IELTS than UO minimums
  • Interview with the music theory faculty
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Portfolio
  • Preliminary Written Exam for the Music Theory GE
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Samples (2)

Not Required

  • GMAT or GRE

Apply Through Department