Committed to fostering critical thinkers and writers, the master of arts in musicology offers a wide range of courses in classical and vernacular Western and non-Western music. Courses focus on the study of music in its historical, analytical and cultural contexts. Master's candidates may also pursue a dual degree with a master of music in performance.

A master's thesis may draw on topics from a variety of sub-disciplines, including: 

  • Historical musicology
  • Popular music studies
  • Jazz history
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Music technology

About the Program

Application Requirements

For admission, we require completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree or the equivalent. In addition, you'll need to submit:

1. Completed application, including three letters of recommendation

2. An essay or research paper on a topic in musicology, ethnomusicology or music history

3. A 5–10 minute video of your teaching

For more information, review the Musicology studio page.

Degree Requirements

The master of arts in musicology consists of 45 credits in addition to these non-coursework requirements:

  • Thesis
  • Final written exam
  • Final oral comprehensive exam, including defense of thesis
  • Superior scores in the musicology and music theory proficiency exams
  • Convocation attendance

For more information see the Lamont School of Music Graduate Bulletin.


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