Three letters of recommendation
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.
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.