How to Apply for PhD Programs

PhD Program in Musicology

The PhD in Musicology involves an average of three years of study beyond the Master's degree, including at least three terms of course work, completion of the candidacy examinations, and the writing and defense of the dissertation. The programs are individually designed with the guidance of the student's advisor and supervisory committee.

Academic requirements for entrance:

Applicants to the PhD Program in Musicology must hold the master’s degree in musicology, music history or music theory, or its equivalent, from a recognized university. They must also demonstrate potential for a career in musicology or music scholarship, and have a primary research interest compatible with the areas of specialization of the university’s regular faculty.

The following should be sent directly to University of Victoria Graduate Admissions:

  • The Graduate Application
  • Official transcripts
  • Confidential letters of reference


  • International Applications - December 15 
  • Domestic Applications - January 15

Application Forms:

All applicants are also requested to submit by the application deadline the following supplemental materials, directly to the School of Music, addressed to the Graduate Adviser:

  • a one-to-two-page statement outlining their background, their area of research specialization, their ability in German and one other foreign language, and their specific reasons for wishing to pursue their graduate degree at the University of Victoria;
  • two examples of recent work in the area of musicology (including a Master's thesis if available).

In addition to the PhD in Musicology, the School occasionally accepts Ph.D. candidates in other areas by special arrangement. To this date, all such candidates have been in the fields of Composition or Computer Music.

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