Applying for the PhD Program

The PhD in music education at Northwestern University has a long history of excellence. Our PhD alumni can be found in prestigious positions at colleges and universities both here and abroad. Interdisciplinary in nature, the curriculum combines coursework within the Bienen School of Music with programs located in other parts of the University. All PhD students are fellows in the Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience (CSEME). The Center was founded by Dr. Bennett Reimer in 1985 as a laboratory where PhD students and faculty work collaboratively on research and scholarship. All students accepted in the PhD program receive a fellowship that includes a full tuition waiver and stipend guaranteed for up to 5 years. This degree is designed for individuals who have (1) a solid musical background, (2) successful teaching experience, (3) a strong academic background, and (4) interest in music scholarship.

If you are considering applying to the PhD in Music Education, please take the following steps:

  1. Review the materials on this website regarding the Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience (CSEME) and the links below regarding the PhD in Music Education.
    Admissions Expectations and Requirements
    PhD Course of Study
    Financial Aid
    Application for the PhD in Music Education through The Graduate School
  2. Contact Dr. Steven Demorest for more information about the program and to schedule a visit.  We encourage prospective students to visit campus if possible to sit in on classes and meet with current students and the faculty before applying for the PhD program.
  3. Start your application for the PhD program through The Graduate School.
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