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Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Ethnomusicology


After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

December 1, 2021

Admission Limited to


Exams & GRE Types

GRE: Not required

Letters of Recommendation


UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the minimum University requirements and those listed above, all applicants must submit a statement of purpose and supplemental materials as specified below.

Ph.D.: Applicants are required to hold a master's degree in ethnomusicology or a cognate field such as music, anthropology, or folklore with a significant emphasis in ethnomusicology.

The specialization in systematic musicology requires a master's degree in musicology, music theory, or other cognate discipline (such as psychology).

All Ph.D. applicants must submit a research paper (the M.A. thesis, if it is available).

No application can be considered until all of the above materials have been received.

Dossiers are reviewed by a committee of the faculty to assess each applicant's potential as a graduate student in department.

Program Name


Please note that Ethnomusicology and Musicology are offered as separate majors.

Leading to the degree of

M.A., Ph.D. .

Admits only Ph.D. applicants.

Major Code



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