12 months
17696 USD/year
17696 USD/year
7628 USD/year
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Combined with more than a dozen affiliated faculty in other departments, five world-music performance ensembles, and a new undergraduate major in Music and Culture, this makes the Ethnomusicology program at the University of California, Riverside a leader in several areas of research and performance.


Program Description

The Ethnomusicology program at the University of California, Riverside is committed to training a new generation of music scholars to bring the insights of cutting-edge cultural theory to original research based on solidly grounded, finely detailed ethnographic fieldwork. Beyond area-studies strengths in Latin America and Asia, our ethnomusicology faculty are known for their engagement with theoretical concerns at the forefront of contemporary research in their field, including music’s relationship with popular culture, race, and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, technology, politics, memory, and globalization.

Though our program appeals particularly to graduate students who have a wide-ranging curiosity about music and cultural meaning, drawing on fields ranging from anthropology to cultural studies and literary criticism, we also prepare students for the kinds of far-ranging interdisciplinary conversations that are a hallmark of the field of ethnomusicology today.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music Bibliography
  • Proseminar in the Analysis of Western Music
  • Proseminar in Musicology
  • Electroacoustic and Computer Music Composition
  • Composition Seminar
  • Electroacoustic Music: History, Theory, and Aesthetics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


48 alternative credits


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English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students may apply for a terminal M.A. degree.
  • Students with a B.A. should follow the requirements for the M.A. for the first six quarters.
  • Though applicants must provide GRE General Test scores, scores for the music subject area are not required. All prospective students must submit an example of their writing. 
  • Ethnomusicology students must have a background in music or anthropology. Evidence of superior intellectual ability in another field combined with some demonstrable expertise in any musical tradition is also viewed favorably. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17696 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8848 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    17696 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8848 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    7628 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3814 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Riverside

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

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