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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Historical Musicology and Music Theory PhD

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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.

Core Requirements (40 credits)

The following is the approved normal course of study for students pursuing a PhD in Historical Musicology and Music Theory. In all cases, a student’s particular program should be determined in consultation with his/her academic advisor.  Customized tracks, involving substitutions for required and elective courses, are encouraged. These must be planned in advance with the advisor and will require the approval of the Music Department Graduate Committee.

Additional requirements:

  • Foreign Languages (See below)

6-8 Credits in the following:

  • Cognate of Elective Courses (See below)
  • Comprehensive Examinations (see below)
  • MS Thesis or Equivalent 8 Credits
  • Dissertation 1-14 Credits

Track Requirements (32 credits)

Total Credit Hours: 72

3.0 Degree GPA required

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

Program Contact

Maria Portera
380 Academic Center
Buffalo, NY 14261
Email: mportera@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-645-6242
Fax: 716-645-3808

SED Statement

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.

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