Musicology

Doctor of Philosophy in Historical Musicology (PhD)

The Musicology Department invites applicants for the 2014-15 academic year to the PhD program. Applicants will be considered for USC’s Provost Fellowship, which provides four years of funding (two with full fellowship, two with teaching assistantships), with full tuition remission, health insurance, and an annual stipend currently set at $30,000. Additional funding opportunities are also available. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Joanna Demers, the Musicology Department chair, at jtdemers@usc.edu well before the December 1st deadline for further information.

All applicants to the PhD in Historical Musicology must upload a writing sample via the Thornton Slideroom portal, in the form of a research paper on a musical topic that contains accurate historical description, critical engagement with ideas and literature, and an original conclusion or insight (writing samples will NOT be accepted via mail or email).

Applicants should also be sure to upload a Statement of Purpose via the Thornton Slideroom portal, one or two pages in length telling concisely why the applicant wishes to study musicology, why he or she is applying to USC, and what areas of research are of interest. Lastly, 3 Letters of Recommendation are required.

Applicants must also note that a GRE score is required. The university requires combined Quantitative and Verbal GRE scores of no less than 297 (with no less than 143 on the Verbal section), and a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by November 1 to allow greater time for faculty review.

In addition to having official copies of college/university transcripts mailed to the USC Admission Office, applicants also MUST upload copies of transcripts online through the Thornton Slideroom portal. Also all letters of recommendation should be submitted by recommenders through the online application process (details are in the application). Any letters of recommendation that cannot be submitted in this fashion should also be uploaded with the application.

For instructions on how to access the Slideroom portal to submit your application materials click HERE