Doctor of Philosophy in Historical Musicology (PhD)

The Musicology Department invites applicants to the PhD program. Applicants will be considered for USC’s Graduate School Fellowship, which provides three years of fellowship funding currently set at $30,000, with full tuition remission and health insurance. Additional fellowship and teaching assistantship opportunities are also available. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Bruce Brown, the Musicology Department chair, at 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.

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 via the Slideroom portal.

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

Please Note: GRE scores are required for all applicants to the PhD in Musicology. Qualified PhD applicants will generally have scored 162 or higher on the verbal section of the GRE. See Test Score Guidelines page for details.