Skip to Content

Weather update: The Columbia campus will have a delayed opening until 10 am tomorrow, Jan. 18. This applies to all offices. Classes scheduled to begin before 10 am are canceled. Classes scheduled to begin at or after 10 am will take place as scheduled. See for updates See for updates.

School of Music

Doctoral Minor

Doctoral Minor - 12 credits

Doctoral students are encouraged to develop an area of musical expertise outside the doctoral major. A doctoral minor is therefore available in the areas listed below. The chosen doctoral minor may not have been the student's major at the master's level nor may it be in another area of the degree major (performance majors may not choose a doctoral minor in another area of performance, and conducting majors may not choose another area of conducting). A doctoral minor requires the completion of a minimum of 12 post-master's graduate credits, of which at least nine must be completed at USC, and approval from the minor area faculty and the graduate director. During the Comprehensive Examination students who have been approved for a doctoral minor will also be tested in that area. The following are general guidelines for a doctoral minor:

Completion of at least 12 credits of composition, including 4 credits of applied composition (MUSC 716) and 6 credits of closely related classroom study (e.g., arranging, orchestration)
Completion of at least 12 credits of conducting, including 4 credits of applied conducting (MUSC 711) and 6 credits of related studies (e.g., area literature, methods, score reading, performance practice); credit for one public conducting recital (MUSC 796) may be included if scheduling permits
Jazz Studies 
Completion of at least 12 credits in the chosen area
Music History, Music Theory, Piano Pedagogy, or Music Education
Completion of at least 12 credits in the chosen area (no teacher certification is required for the Music Education minor)
Opera Theater
Completion of at least 12 credits in opera-theater studies, including MUSC 545, 3 credits of approved studies in the Department of Theatre, 2 credits each in MUSC 734 and MUSC 780, and either 2 credits of MUSC 781 (for an emphasis in voice performance) or THSP 759 (for an emphasis in stage direction); dual credit for MUSC 793-796 or MUSC 891-896 when enrolled in MUSC 781 is not permitted
Completion of at least 12 credits in the chosen area, including 6 credits in applied music (MUSC 711) and 4-9 credits in the area literature and pedagogy; credit for one public solo recital (MUSC 796) may be included