Doctorate Online

Music Education

Boston University

84 months
889 USD/credit 6096 USD/year
889 USD/credit 6096 USD/year
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The Music Education program of the Boston University is a professional degree for individuals committed to leadership in music education policy and practice in a variety of settings both in and outside of schools. This program does not result in licensure.


Degree Requirements

The Music Education program of the Boston University consists of three components: coursework, qualifying examination, and a dissertation. Students must complete a minimum of 48 semester credits with grades no lower than B– and a minimum cumulative GPA no lower than 3.0 in graduate-level coursework. All degree requirements must be completed within seven years of the date of matriculation.

A new cohort of students is admitted each fall. Cohort members progress through coursework together and culminate in an on-campus Residency prior to beginning their dissertation. They also interact with other music education graduate students as part of a nationwide community of scholar/practitioners.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this program, students are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate research problems in music education as tensions between theory and practice.
  • Choose and apply research methods that appropriately address research questions and demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, and interpret research data.
  • Discuss specific issues, trends, and problems in music education, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of scholarly and professional literature in music education and other related fields.
  • Produce original contributions to knowledge in the field of music education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music Education Research

  • History & Philosophy in Music Education: Perspectives and Practice

  • Psychology & Sociology in Music Education: Perspectives and Applications

  • Quantitative Research Methods in Music Education

  • Qualitative Research Methods in Music Education

  • Problems, Theories, and Literature: Making a Contribution to the Field

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  • Part-time
    • 84 months
    • Flexible

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48 alternative credits



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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music or Music Education from regionally accredited institutions
  • At least 3 years of music teaching experience at the primary, secondary, or university level
  • Leadership through activities such as designing curriculum, mentoring new teachers, serving on executive boards of professional organizations, and publishing articles
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed application for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $95.
  • Two (2) current recommendations.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Personal statement (1–2 pages) describing your purpose in pursuing graduate work, career objectives, and particular interest in BU.
  • Statement of Research Interest: Please write a statement about your research interests.
  • Writing Sample: Please upload a scholarly paper you have authored.

Work experience

  • At least 3 years of music teaching experience at the primary, secondary, or university level

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6096 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 889 USD per credit during 84 months.
  • National

    6096 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 889 USD per credit during 84 months.

Tuition fee per 1 credit.


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