Music Theory: PhD

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.

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
School of Music and Dance
Campus: Eugene
Fall Term:
Final Deadline - December 10