Admission Requirements

PhD in Music: Music Theory and Cognition

Please submit everything required by The Graduate School plus the following:

Provide one or more substantial research papers on a freely chosen topic that demonstrate your ability to write and conduct research in music theory and cognition at the doctoral level. Papers must include appropriate scholarly references.

Music Theory and Cognition Program Coordinator: Vasili Byros,

Additional Requirements for all PhD in Music Applicants:

All applicants to the PhD program must apply to The Graduate School at Northwestern University. 

Do not submit an application to the Bienen School of Music.

The Graduate School application may not accommodate large video/file uploads. If you are unable to upload a video file or large document, please contact the Office of Music Admission and Financial Aid for assistance: or 847-491-3141

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