Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education


Michigan State University Application

Complete the online application to Michigan State University. There is a nonrefundable application fee. Apply early if you want to be considered for financial aid, a graduate assistantship, or a fellowship. 

College of Music Supplemental Application

Submit the online College of Music Supplemental Application. There is a $60 nonrefundable application fee.  Deadline is Dec 1.

Transcripts

Submit one official transcript from every college or university attended. Transcripts are considered official when mailed by the institution directly to the College of Music at the address below. Deadline is Dec 1.

College of Music - Office of Admissions
Michigan State University
253 Music Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

Electronic transcripts: MSU accepts e-transcripts only from U.S. schools if sent directly to us by the school.  Please send to admissions@music.msu.edu.

Curriculum Vitae

Must include relevant employment history.

To be considered for a fellowship or teaching assistantship, please provide a curriculum vitae that includes all relevant education and professional experience including:

  • Group teaching experience (where, when, how long, what classes, how many, etc.)
  • Private teaching experiences (where, when, how long, ages of students)
  • Previous experience as a graduate assistant

Deadline is Dec 1.

Writing Sample

Submit to the College of Music a master’s thesis, if a thesis was required for the master’s degree. An applicant who did not complete a thesis must submit a comparable sample of his or her academic or professional writing.  Upload this to the College of Music Supplemental Application.  Deadline is Dec 1.

Personal Statement

A 500- to 700-word essay about the appplicant's professional experience and future professional goals.

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT ONLINE SUBMISSIONS: The College of Music prefers to receive personal statements online. Although the MSU Graduate Application also accepts personal and academic statements online, please do not use that application to submit your personal statement. Please use only the College of Music application to submit your personal statement. Deadline is Dec 1.

Letters of Recommendation

Request letters of recommendation from three individuals familiar with your musical abilities.

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT ONLINE SUBMISSIONS: The College of Music prefers to receive letters of recommendation online. Although the MSU Graduate Application also accepts letters of recommendation online, please do not use that application for your letters of recommendation. Please use only the College of Music application to submit your letters. Deadline is Dec 1.

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in music education, an applicant must:

  • have completed successfully at least three years of employment as a music teacher, as evidenced in letters of recommendation and other documents submitted in support of the application.
  • have a master's degree in music education or a total of 30 credits of approved course work.

Additional requirements for International Graduate Applicants.