M.A. On Campus


Kent State University

12 months
17982 USD/year
17982 USD/year
9648 USD/year
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The Master of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology from the Kent State University  is designed to offer students a solid foundation in regional studies of music style, performance practice, history and cultural associations in order to prepare students for continued graduate studies at the doctoral level and/or public sector careers in world music.


 The program integrates theoretical perspectives relevant to the discipline with these practical aims, so that students can communicate effectively with persons within and outside the field of ethnomusicology. While a balanced global coverage is emphasized, Kent State music faculty focus on studies in Central Africa, mainland Southeast Asia, East Asia, the Caribbean, North and South America and the Middle East, as well as popular music studies. Theoretical concerns include sociocultural identity, semiotics, gender studies, politics and power, ritual studies, globalization and hybridity, as well as studies in inter-related arts (e.g., dance and theatre).

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Ethnomusicology program from Kent State University are able to:

  • Recognize, identify, interpret and discuss theoretical concerns and important contributions of historical figures in the field of ethnomusicology, as well as representative music styles from different historical periods, countries and ethnic populations.
  • Demonstrate and apply fieldwork techniques including proficiency with photography, videography and audio recording, interviewing and participant-observation research.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and execute an efficient and productive lecture presentation in an academic setting for use at professional conferences, concert performances and classroom teaching that includes time management, clear and effective explanation, efficient use of multi-media, and successful question and answer interactions.
  • Utilize and discuss theoretical issues related to ethnomusicology and related disciplines, such as socio-cultural identity, semiotics, gender studies, politics and power, ritual studies, globalization and hybridity.
  • Identify, explain, and utilize performance pedagogy.
  • Analyze compositional forms, appropriate to the specific vocal or instrumental areas of study.
  • Display performance and interpretation skills in music.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • World Music Ensemble 
  • World Music Analysis 
  • Music Bibliography And Research Methods 
  • Issues And Trends In Ethonomusicology 
  • Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Deadline - At least one month before the start of the semester of first coursework.


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Résumé
  • Goal statement(s)
  • Academic paper written in English
  • Three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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    17982 USD/year
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  • National

    17982 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17982 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9648 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Kent

1036 - 1710 USD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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