Music Informatics Ph.D. Requirements

The music informatics track of the Ph.D. in Informatics offers the opportunity to conduct practical research in a broad range of fields relating to music, cognitive science, computer science, math, and psychology.

This program is research-based and interdisciplinary, with projects that may span several areas within informatics and computing, including complex systems, human-computer interaction design, computer science, and social informatics.

Download the current Ph.D. in Informatics handbook (PDF). We also recommend consulting the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Bulletin 2017-2018 (use the tabs on the left) and the University Graduate School Bulletin 2016-2017 (use the tabs on the top and the left) for more detailed information about these requirements.


A total of 90 credit hours is required for this degree. No more than 30 of those hours will be counted from a master’s degree taken at Indiana University or a graduate program at another university. An additional 6 hours of master’s thesis or capstone project may be counted toward the Ph.D. at the discretion of the student’s advisory committee, assuming the thesis or capstone project is of sufficient research quality.


Required Informatics Courses (18 cr.)

Theory and Methodology (12 cr.)

Specific course work, including research-oriented independent study, will be determined by the student’s advisory committee.

Electives (12-21 cr.)

Research lab experience may be substituted for classroom courses upon approval of the advisor and the advisory committee.

Minor (6-12 cr.)

All students are required to have an appropriate minor inside or outside the school. Minors will be selected with the advisor’s recommendation.

Dissertation Work (21-30 cr.)