Musicology: PhD

The award-winning faculty in musicology and ethnomusicology includes recognized experts in several fields who have been honored both for research and teaching.

The School of Music and Dance offers MA and PhD degrees in musicology, and doctoral supporting areas in historical performance practice and ethnomusicology.

Students enjoy direct access to visiting scholars. Recent visitors have included:

  • Richard Taruskin
  • Steven Feld
  • Jonathan Kregor
  • Frank Lawrence
  • Tamara Roberts
  • Alejandro Planchart
  • Andreas Haug
  • Regula Rapp
  • Barbara Lundquist
  • Stephen Kelly
  • Margarita Mazo
  • Michal Tenzer
  • Louis Niebur
  • Beth Genné
  • Charles Hiroshi Garrett
  • Oliver Wang
  • Shannon Dudley
  • Joseph Schloss
  • Joan Morgan

Performers visiting the musicology area have included Vijay Iyer and Bernice Johnson Reagon.

The vibrant early music program offers standing-room-early concerts by the university's Collegium Musicum ensemble, and regularly hosts international teachers. Guests have included Monica Huggett, Jaap Schröder, Kris Verhelst, Peter Van Heyghen, and Anne Azéma.

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:

  • Higher TOEFL/IELTS than UO minimums 
  • Résumé 
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation   
  • Two research or analysis papers in history or ethnomusicology 


  • Recent audio or video recordings of performances
  • Recent concert or recital programs


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