University of Pittsburgh


Our graduate students enrich each other's perspectives on music and culture.

What makes our graduate program special?

We are a relatively small program within a large university. We regard each student as an individual and maintain a supportive environment in which students can explore the multifaceted world of music while making use of the offerings of the many departments, centers, and programs of the university at large. We aim for the highest quality of scholarship and creativity while providing a nurturing environment for our students.

Find out more about graduate studies in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

Download the Graduate Study Handbook.

What are the degree programs like?

In a program devoted to music in all its aspects and contexts, the music department awards the graduate degrees of MA and PhD in music. The program comprises the four subdisciplines of music scholarship— ethnomusicology, musicology, and composition and theory, and jazz studies.

Graduate faculty

Ethnomusicology faculty study and teach courses on some of the most exciting and timely areas of music research today including global popular music, gender and sexuality, and sound studies, among others. Musicology faculty are at the forefront of developing critical and inclusive approaches to musical pasts near and far, with particular strengths in American, French, early modern, and global music history. Composition and Theory faculty are widely performed and honored composers. Our graduate faculty engage in ground-breaking research and apply that research to real-world situations. Whether creating music history resources for secondary schools, presenting the latest fieldwork through a world music concert, or expanding the boundaries of the concert repertoire through a new composition, theory and practice—ideas and experience —come together in a unique way through the work of our graduate faculty.

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