Graduate Programs

The Department of Music offers graduate programs in two areas: composition and theory, and musicology.

Professor Karen Desmond teaches a musicology seminar for graduate students.

Professor Karen Desmond teaches a musicology seminar for graduate students.

Composition and Theory

There are three degree programs in composition and theory: MA (normally one year), MFA (normally two years), and PhD (normally two or more years following the completion of MFA requirements). The programs are designed to help students develop a command of the craft of composition. That objective is supported by studies in theory and analysis and in electro-acoustic music. Student compositions are performed in the New Music Brandeis concerts and by ensembles-in-residence.

Musicology

There are three degree programs in musicology: MA (normally one year), MFA (normally two years), and PhD (normally two or more years following the completion of MFA requirements). Students in the musicology program choose to concentrate in music history or theory and analysis. Within these two concentrations, research and teaching in our department encompass a broad range of interdisciplinary topics, including the history of music theory, the history of music notation, popular music, pretonal, tonal and contemporary analytical methods, music and philosophy, and music aesthetics.