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Musicology & Ethnomusicology

All graduate music applicants must submit the following requirements (please find more detailed application information here):

  • Transcript(s)

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  • Brief essay  

International applicants: The School of Music's English proficiency requirements are different than the university's requirement. Graduate applicants who are not native speakers of English must submit a passing TOEFL score in order to be scheduled for an audition. This requirement will be waived for applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution in the United States or another approved English-speaking country and for applicants who have earned a graduate degree in a non-performance related field (i.e. musicology or theory). Waivers will only be granted if at least three years of the undergraduate education or at least two years of the graduate education in a non-performance related field took place at an English-speaking institution. Graduate degrees in performance-related fields or performance certificates or diplomas will not exempt an applicant from submitting a passing TOEFL score. Please go here for more specific information.

Musicology (MA and PhD)

The preferred deadline is December 1. Please upload two research papers or chapters from a thesis (totaling a minimum of 15 pages) that demonstrate your ability to conduct research, form an argument, and write persuasively. The admissions committee conducts telephone interviews.

Applicants must submit GRE scores (general.) You may upload a screen shot or a scanned copy of a score report to your music application, but you should also submit your official score report electronically to the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, using the institutional code 5814.  

For the musicology degrees, we require a Bachelor’s degree in in music (BA or BM) for admission to the MA degree, and we require a Master’s degree in music for admission to the PhD degree.

 

Ethnomusicology

The preferred deadline is December 1. Applicants must upload writing samples such as research papers or a Master’s Thesis that demonstrate depth of inquiry, mastery of research techniques, and understanding of citation style. Other beneficial qualifications include language ability in the proposed area of research and/or significant international study or work experience. Information on the Ph.D. and M.A. programs in ethnomusicology can be found in the School of Music's Graduate Handbook. For further information, please contact J. Lawrence Witzleben or Fernando Rios.

Applicants must submit GRE scores (general.) you may upload a screen shot or a scanned copy of a score report to your music application, but you should also submit your official score report electronically to the Graduate School at the University of Maryland using the institutional code 5814.

All materials should be submitted electronically through our music application, available here.

For the ethnomusicology degrees, a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in music is appreciated, but degrees in other areas are also accepted.

For international applicants, please note our English proficiency requirements are different than the university’s requirements. All students for whom English is not your native language must submit passing TOEFL scores, even if you have received a degree from a U.S. institution. The minimum required TOEFL score is 100 on the internet-based test. We will not process your application or consider you for admission if we do not have a passing TOEFL score. For best consideration, please make sure your TOEFL score report is included in your music application when it is submitted by our application deadline of December 1. If the score report is not received until later, we will still accept it, but it will delay the processing of your application.

Graduate Audition Requirements

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