The AMS database Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology is an extensive online database of doctoral dissertations related to musicology (in the broadest sense of the word, including music theory, ethnomusicology, and many other music research disciplines). The database contains about 17,500 records of complete and in-progress musicology dissertations, dating from the late nineteenth century to a few days ago. Search capabilities are numerous, including searching according to advisor, degree-granting institution, keywords, etc. A number of entries have listings for online access to dissertations. 

The database relies on authors and users for its information. If you have recently completed a doctoral dissertation, please have a look and make sure that your dissertation is accurately listed. If necessary, update your listing.

If your in-progress or completed dissertation is not yet included, please send information via this form.

Finally, if you are aware of a dissertation that is not found in the database but should be included, please let me know.

Thanks in advance for helping to make the database more comprehensive and accurate. Please pass this on to those you know who may be interested: all aspects of music research, including music theory and ethnomusicology, are included in the database.

Bob Judd
American Musicological Society
rjudd -at-


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