The Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in music is granted by the Graduate School. Candidates for the PhD in music should also refer to the Graduate School section of this catalogue for general regulations.
A substantial background in music and liberal arts is required. Graduate course requirements for the PhD are adapted to the needs and research interests of the individual student. A minimum of 60 post-baccalaureate units is required.
Foreign Language Requirements
Students are required to demonstrate a reading knowledge by passing an examination in German and one other foreign language chosen by the student from among French, Italian or Latin. With the permission of the chair of the qualifying exam committee, a foreign language relevant to the dissertation may be chosen in place of French, Italian or Latin. The language requirement for the MA degree may be applied toward the PhD Doctoral language requirements should be passed as early as possible, but, at latest, during the fourth semester of course work.
Before the completion of 24 units of graduate work at USC and with the approval of the department chair, students must be interviewed by the curriculum committee of the School of Music. Continuance in course work will be contingent upon approval of the committee. PhD candidates in musicology who did not receive an MA degree from USC must take the MA comprehensive examination in historical musicology prior to the interview. Continuance in course work will be contingent upon passing these examinations.