Degree Requirments

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Degree Requirements

The Graduate School Catalog is the most up-to-date and comprehensive source of information about graduate programs at UW-Madison. Students are urged to consult that document or the graduate office of the department offering the degree. What follows are brief summaries of the music education graduate degrees and program requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy in C&I with an Emphasis in Music Education (Ph.D.)

Credit Requirement: To be determined by major professor, but C&I requires a minimum of 12 C & I content credits; independent reading, and research or thesis credits do not count toward this minimum. (All C & I courses must be at or above the 500 level; course taken outside of the department  may be at or above the 300 level.)

Residency Requirement: A minimum of 32 credits beyond the master’s degree and all of which must be completed at UW-Madison. A minimum of 12 of these credits must be taken in C&I core courses (i.e., no independent studies, readings, or field work).

Grade-Point Average:  A minimum of 3.25 on all work completed

Course and Final Project Requirements: 

    • Comprehensive music education courses (a minimum of 12 credits, including 272-946 “Past Perspectives on Music Education.” These credits may not be transferred in from another institution.  Comprehensive music education courses completed on the master’s level at the University of Wisconsin-Madison may count toward the requirement.)
    • Ph.D. minor (Check with minor area for more specific information. Option A requires a minimum of 10 credits, all in one department; option B requires a minimum of 10 credits in two or more departments.) 
    • Research methods course (must be taken at UW-Madison.)
    • Doctoral dissertation
Examination Requirements: 

    • A written comprehensive preliminary examination is required of doctoral students in music education.
    • An oral defense of the dissertation is required.

Master of Science in C&I with an Emphasis in Music Education (M.S.)

Credit Requirement: 24 credits (all at or above the 500 level in C&I; may be at or above the  300 level for courses taken outside of the department. This requirement excludes thesis credits and credits required to remove deficiencies. At least 12 credits must be in C&I courses other than independent reading.)

Residency Requirement: 16 credits (all of which must be completed at UW-Madison)

Grade-Point Average: A minimum of 3.25 on all work completed

Course and Final Project Requirements:

    • Comprehensive music education courses (a minimum of 9 credits, including 272-946 "Past Perspectives on Music Education." These credits may not be transferred in from another institution.)
    • Master’s thesis

Examination Requirement: A written comprehensive examination is required of M.S. students in music education.

Master of Music in Music Education (M.M.)

Credit Requirement: 30 credits (all at or above the 300 level)

Residency Requirement: 16 credits (all of which must be completed at UW-Madison)

Grade-Point Average: A minimum of 3.25 on all work completed

Course and Final Project Requirements: 

    • 15 credits from the following three categories, distributed as follows: 1. Comprehensive music education courses (9 credits, including 272-946: Past Perspectives on Music Education. These credits may not be transferred in from another institution); 2. Courses in area of specialty (5-7 credits); area open for negotiation with advisor; 3. Final project (2-4 credits)
    • Music electives (6 credits)
    • Musicology and theory (9 credits) (Students must take both theory and musicology credits.)

Examination Requirement: A written comprehensive examination is required of M.M. students in music education.

Designing a Graduate Program in Music Education

Within a flexible framework,  individual tailoring of graduate programs is informed by the following considerations:

  1. We use students’ interests and perceived goals as guides; recognizing that goals can sometimes change at later points in life, we also encourage students to construct programs that keep future options open.
  2. Because the intellectual culture of graduate music education at UW-Madison is quite different from that found in most other music education graduate programs, we want students to become immersed in the culture. Thus, we require comprehensive courses that must be taken at this institution. The following are considered comprehensive music education courses:
    1. Curriculum and Instruction 272-761: Introduction to Resources in Music Education
    2. Curriculum and Instruction 272-945: Seminar in Music Education
    3. Curriculum and Instruction 272-946: Past Perspectives on Music Education
    4. Curriculum and Instruction 272-947: Current Issues in Music Education
    5. Curriculum and Instruction 272-948: Diversity Issues in Music Teaching
  3. In addition, we want students to become involved in the larger intellectual cultures both of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the School of Music, and we strongly recommend course work from both of these units.
  4. Finally, we encourage students to devise cross-disciplinary programs that involve course work from outside of C&I and the School of Music. (For example, past programs have included significant components from Educational Policy Studies, Educational Administration, Philosophy, and Sociology.)

 

In the case of doctoral students, our advising is guided by our goal of preparing students to function as contributing scholars in a variety of intellectual settings. Doctoral students in music education at UW-Madison have a wide range of academic and professional goals; this diversity can be measured, in part, by the professional directions our students have taken upon completing the dissertation. Some students have become administrators within and outside of music; others have returned to K-12 teaching; some have become consultants; some have accepted positions at major research institutions; and others have become professors at small colleges and universities where they are expected to teach music (i.e., applied music, musicology, and music theory) as well as music education courses. Thus, we seek to design programs that induct students into a variety of scholarly communities both inside and outside of music education. A primary goal is to create scholars who can produce critical, innovative scholarly work and can articulately defend that work.

 

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