Musicology, M.A. | University of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, United States
24 months
42324 USD/year
42324 USD/year
24962 USD/year
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The Musicology program from the University of Pittsburgh promotes the integration of in-depth historical research with a broad range of methodologies and critical frameworks.


Graduate students in Musicology at the University of Pittsburgh develop a solid foundation of music historical knowledge, technical skills, critical acuity, and humanistic literacy, while becoming experts in their specialist area(s). 

The path of coursework instills a firm grasp of key repertories and methods of music history; supports students to develop facility in related fields such as ethnomusicology, jazz studies, and theory and analysis; and empowers students to prepare for diverse career paths. 

Students gain experience with various approaches to music history and criticism, including cultural and interpretive studies; feminist, queer, and anti-racist critique; postcolonialism; and global historiographies.  

On their way to earning the PhD, students are encouraged to broaden the scope of their work by consulting with faculty members from other music subdisciplines, drawing on the resources of other departments and interdisciplinary programs, and earning microcredentials.  Many students work toward graduate certificates in Asian Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Russian and East European Studies, West European Studies, Latin American Studies, Cultural Studies, Digital Studies, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.

Intellectual Community

  • Pitt's many opportunities for interdisciplinary study offer students the chance to develop fluency in topics and approaches relevant across the Humanities. But it also offers students the chance to be part of vibrant intellectual and creative communities within the Department of Music, the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and beyond. 
  • Building and sustaining a welcoming community of learning is a big part of what we do, in conjunction with the Department's other subdisciplines (Composition, Ethnomusicology, and Jazz). 
  • This happens in Department seminars, in student-led initiatives, in interactions with renowned visiting scholars and artists, in the Professional Development Workshop Series, and in the many informal events organized in support of upcoming conference presentations or job interviews. 

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • MA Thesis
  • Music in Africa
  • African American Music in the U.S.
  • Women & Music in Cross-cultural Perspectives
  • Instrumentation & Orchestration

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application form and $75 application fee.
  • Statement of purpose, an essay of about two pages that describes the applicant's academic background and professional goals.
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all higher education institutions attended. 
  • CV or Resumé.
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably by persons who have taught the applicant in subjects related to the four research subdisciplines, rather than in performance lessons.
  • GREs are no longer required by the Department of Music.
  • Samples of work.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    42324 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 42324 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    42324 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 42324 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    24962 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24962 USD per year during 24 months.

Part-time: LOCAL: $1,003 per credit NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: $1,728 per credit

Living costs for Pittsburgh

1148 - 1944 USD /month
Living costs

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


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