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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Music (DMS)
with a Concentration in Music Education (MDE)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 50.0901
College of The Arts (FA)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 90
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 60

Contact Information:
College of The Arts
Music Department (MUS)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue MUS101
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Victor Fung
Phone: 813-974-2311


Faculty Search: The Arts Faculty List

Program Information

Music Faculty, Alumni, and Students
Perhaps the most compelling reason to study music at the University of South Florida is the opportunity to work with our superb music faculty. These gifted, dedicated artists/scholars are among the preeminent leaders in their fields and have been carefully chosen for their professional training, excellence in musical performance and research, and pedagogical expertise. They are featured on many professional recordings and appear in prestigious concert venues around the world. Their compositions are premiered globally. Their scholarship is published in the leading research journals, books, and monographs in their disciplines. The School of Music also invites guest composers, conductors, and performing musicians to enhance its performances and to provide master classes, symposia, and clinics for students and the public. Many USF music alumni are currently performers in a variety of concert settings and successful teachers in public schools, colleges, and universities around the country in a variety of concert settings. The School of Music at USF offers the student the opportunity to study with distinguished faculty and to be in the company of other superior music students for an exciting and exciting period of study.

PhD in Music Education Program Description
The Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education is the highest degree in the field. At the University of South Florida, this program is designed to develop leaders in music education research, teaching, and administration. The curriculum prepares the student to engage in original research in music education and related fields (arts education, music technology, aesthetics, philosophy, cognitive development, creativity, social psychology, neuropsychology, engineering, gerontology, speech and communication sciences, special and gifted education, etc.). In coordination with faculty mentors, the student has great flexibility in designing a program that fits his/her interests and strengths. Admission requirements include an interview with the music education faculty and the submission of writing samples and GRE scores. A limited number of fellowships and assistantships are available for qualified students.

Major Research Areas
Alternative Methods, Community Collaboration, Contemporary Changes, Creativity, Early Childhood, General Music, International Perspectives, Multicultural Issues, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Teacher Behaviors, Technology, and Lifelong Learning in Music.

Music Education Concentration in the Ph.D. in Music Program Description
The Ph.D. program varies, depending on individual interests and needs. All applicants are expected to have two or more years of teaching experience in a public or private school (or its equivalent). A dissertation and dissertation defense are required. The Ph.D. degree empowers students to become scholarly producers of research in music education.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Official Application to the USF Graduate School for the Ph.D. Program in Music (code DMS) with a concentration in Music Education (code MDE) in Music (code MUS) in COTA (code FA).
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be received at the same time as the application for admission. Credits to be considered for transfer to this degree program, which are reflected on other transcripts besides the degree-bearing transcripts, must also be sent for consideration by the faculty.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for upper division of undergraduate degree (all credits beyond the first 60), and minimum GPA of 3.5 for master's degree.
  • The GRE General Test (after October 1, 2002) must be taken and results must be delivered to Graduate Studies in the School of Music as part of the admission application process.
  • Minimum of two years of teaching experience in elementary and/or secondary school(s), or the equivalent.
  • Successful interview with the music education faculty, either in person or by other arrangement. Prior to the interview, the following must be reviewed by the music education faculty:
    • At least three letters of recommendation from people qualified to speak on behalf of the applicant's academic and professional capabilities.
    • Sample of the applicant's best academic writing.
    • Curriculum vita.
    • 15-20 minute video recording of the applicant teaching music.
    • Personal goal statement.
  • International students must include copies of graduation Certificates and Diplomas (in addition to official transcripts) with their applications. If English is not their primary language, they must have at least a score of 550 (or 213 for the computer version) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or they must have completed English Language Institute (ELI) Level 4 or Level 5 and have passed the ELI Exit Assessment.

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)


Program Degree Requirements


  • Appointment of Doctoral Committee
  • Comprehensive Qualifying Examination
  • Admission to Candidacy

APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION (due by beginning of final semester)
Final Oral Examination
Final recommendation with signatures presented to Program Director of Graduate Studies in Music

Total Minimum Program Hours: 60

CORE REQUIREMENTS - 21-23 hours*
MUE 7746 (3) Measurement and Evaluation in Music
MUE 7786 (3) Qualitative Methods in Music Education
MUE 7815 (3) Psychology of Music
MUE 7816 (3) Music Cognition
MUE 7835 (3) Philosophical and Historical Issues in Music Education
MUE 7939 (4-6*) Center for Music Education Research Seminar (four semesters 1+1+1+1+1*+1* hrs)
MUE 7990 (2) Seminar on Music in Higher Education

Specialization: Alternative Course:
MUE 7937 (3**) Special Topics in Music Education

Cognate - 9 hours
Choice of graduate courses in music from the following:
Jazz Studies, Music Composition, Music Conducting, Music History, Music Literature, Music Performance, Music Theory (Or an education-related field)

Statistics and Measurement - 12 hours
EDF 6407 (4) Statistical Analysis for Educational Research I
EDF 7408 (4) Statistical Analysis for Educational Research II
EDF 7410 (4) Design of Systematic Studies in Education

Dissertation - 16-18 hours*
Prerequisite: Comprehensive Qualifying Examination
MUE 7980 (16-18*)Dissertation

Total Beyond the Masters Degree: 60 hours

The responsibility for seeing that all graduation requirements are met rests with the student.
*6 hours of MUE 7939 16 hours of MUE 7980; 4 hours of MUE 7939 18 hours of MUE 7980
**MUE 7937 may replace one of the specialization coursers except MUE 7786, MUE 7939, and MUE 7990

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

MUS6793, EDF6432, MUE6080, MUS6910, MUS6793, EDF6432, MUE6080,