***2017-18 application deadline extended to Friday, 13 January, 2017***

DUKE MUSIC GRADUATE PROGRAMS: We offer Ph.D. degrees in Composition, Ethnomusicology, and Musicology. Students may also pursue doctoral research in Music Theory or Performance Practice within the context of the Musicology program. We admit students only to doctoral programs (however, students may earn a Master of Arts en-route to the doctorate).

- Extensive interaction with faculty members for individualized instruction
- Favorable student-to-faculty ratio
- Flexible curriculum tailored to your interests
- Wide choice of courses in Music History, Ethnomusicology, Composition, Music Theory, Analysis, and Performance Practice (including projects with performing artists on the departmental faculty)
- Interdisciplinary study and collaboration with faculty and students of other departments

GRADUATE STUDENT TEACHING: Teaching is an integral academic requirement of our graduate program.  All graduate students are expected to serve as teaching assistants as a means of professional preparation for the academic job market.  Teaching assistants are closely supervised by faculty.  Additionally, graduate students in later years of the program have opportunities to design and teach undergraduate courses as instructors of record.

TIME TO COMPLETION & FUNDING: The Ph.D. takes 5 to 7 years, including course work and a dissertation and/or composition portfolio.  All admitted graduate students receive 5 years of funding, including full tuition, a living stipend, health insurance, and compensation for holding a Teaching Assistantship. Beyond the fifth year, competitive internal fellowships are available for domestic and international research, covering up to a year of residency and related expenses.     

QUICK START FOR M.A. HOLDERS: Students entering with a Master's degree from another institution may receive up to four course credits, thus shortening their course work by a semester.

For more information, please see our website:

John P. Supko
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Graduate Studies
john.supko -at-



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