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Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Musicology


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: General (recommended but not required)

Letters of Recommendation

3, from former instructors and/or professionals with whom the applicant has worked

UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit a letter describing their background of study and stating reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies in musicology, and submit two to three writing samples that demonstrate sound scholarship, intellectual vigor, and the ability to analyze musical and cultural complexities.

An M.A. degree may be earned while completing requirements for the Ph.D. Applicants who have already earned an M.A. in musicology or music history should submit their M.A. thesis, if possible. No application can be considered until all of the above materials have been received.

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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