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PhD in Musicology

CGU’s PhD in Musicology provides a thorough grounding in music performance, composition, theory, and scholarship to support your pursuit of a variety of music careers, ranging from the academic to the professional.

This degree program balances music performance with scholarship by employing a curriculum that emphasizes music in its interdisciplinary, cultural, and intellectual contexts. A faculty of highly trained performers and scholars with diverse interests (from musicology to performance to composition) will serve as your mentors as you develop comprehensive training in music literature, historical style analysis, and performance practices with the most recent analytical methodologies. You will join a long list of accomplished graduates who have gone on to varied musical careers, including college and university professors, members of professional ensembles, music directors in churches, and solo performing artists.

Program Highlights
  • The Music Department puts on an array of concerts that offer ample performance opportunities.
  • Studio faculty are drawn from The Claremont Colleges and the outstanding pool of musicians in the greater Los Angeles area.
  • CGU is home to the highly respected music journal Performance Practice Review.
  • Historical performance practice programs connect you with period instruments that include three harpsichords, a fortepiano, a chamber organ, and various stringed instruments.

Program At-a-glance

  • 72 units

    required units

  • PhD in Musicology

    degree awarded

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  • Spring, Fall

    program start

  • 3-5 years | full time*

    estimated completion time

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Director of Recruitment for the School of Arts & Humanities


Where You Can Find Our Alumni


  • Portrait of Robert Zappulla

    Robert Zappulla

    Professor of Music
    Fred W. Smith and Grace Hobson Smith Chair in Music
    Chair, Department of Music

    Research Interests

    Harpsichord, Historical performance practices, Baroque music

  • Portrait of Peter Boyer

    Peter Boyer

    Professor of Music
    Helen M. Smith Chair in Music

    Research Interests

    Composition, Conducting, American film music, 20th- and 21st-Century music, American composers

  • Jenny-Soonjin Kim

    Jenny Soonjin Kim

    Assistant Professor of Practice

    Research Interests

    Piano, Fortepiano, 18th & 19th-century performance practices, 20th century atonal piano compositions, digital keyboard laboratory, the board of directors of Los Angeles Master Chorale: Education Committee and Gala Host Committee

Application Guidelines

Requirements Summary

Item Description
Application Fee $80
Official Transcripts Yes
Letters of Recommendation 3
Statement of Purpose Yes
Resume Yes
Other Requirements Writing sample, written English exam

Spring 2024
Priority Deadline – November 1, 2023
Final Deadline (International) – November 15, 2023
Final Deadline (Domestic) – December 1, 2023
Classes begin – January 16, 2024

Fall 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – July 5, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – August 1, 2024
Classes begin – August 26, 2024

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Cost & Aid

Tuition and Fees

Program 72 units
Tuition per unit* $2,020

*Based on 2023-2024 tuition rates.

$245 Student Fee
$150 Technology Fee
International Student Services Fee*: $661 fall semester, $776 spring semester
**Applies to all international students (F-1 visa only) who are registered in coursework, doctoral study, or continuous registration. The fee is assessed each fall and spring semester for annual ISO accident and sickness plans and administrative fees. Subject to change.

For estimates of room & board, books, etc., please download CGU’s Cost of Attendance 2022-2023 .

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