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Musicology  Master's

In our two-year MA in Musicology program, you'll develop a broad understanding of the primary methods used in musicological and ethnomusicological research.


What is Musicology at WVU like?


At WVU, we offer a two-year Master of Arts (M.A.) in Musicology, in which students develop a broad understanding of the primary methods used in musicological and ethnomusicological research. Courses and seminars explore a wide range of musical repertories and scholarly debates, and our curriculum encourages students to meaningfully engage with the field through pedagogical training and focused research.

Our graduates have entered leading North American doctoral programs or have found employment in occupations drawing heavily upon the expertise and skills developed through our degree program.

Coursework for the M.A. program includes foundational courses in research, pedagogy, theory/analysis, and current perspectives of the fields of musicology and ethnomusicology, as well as musicology seminars and courses focusing on specific periods, genres, or regions. Six elective graduate credits allow students to explore other disciplines and departments as they develop their research, creative, and teaching interests.

In recent years, several students enrolled in musicology graduate studies at WVU have also pursued a Master of Music (M.M.) degree in music performance, earning both degrees in a total of six semesters. A total of 12 credits may be shared between the two degree programs.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own terms of admission and application deadlines. Applicants can only apply for admission for the terms displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: March 1
Spring: January 1

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What are the requirements to apply for Musicology at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Musicology graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Essay/Writing Sample (Contact a Graduate Program Representative for a Prompt)
  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose

Additional application considerations:

  • Contact the School of Music for additional application requirements, which include letters of recommendation.

  • For Writing Sample: Representative sample of academic writing (minimum 10 pages)

Applications that are incomplete or are submitted after the deadline may be reviewed if openings remain.

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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