Ethnomusicology, M.A. | University of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, United States
24 months
42324 USD/year
42324 USD/year
24962 USD/year
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Ethnomusicology faculty at University of Pittsburgh study and teach courses on some of the most exciting and timely areas of music research today including: (1) global popular music; (2) music, labor, and value; (3) gender and sexuality; (4) media and technology; (5) sound studies; (6) cultural rights and advocacy; and (7) sound archives and repatriation.


Our aim is to prepare students to become educators in the field of ethnomusicology and active in the public sector. Evidence of success is our strong record of graduate placement at universities both within and outside the U.S. In addition, our alumni hold advocacy positions in educational, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Graduate students in Ethnomusicology program at the University of Pittsburgh usually pursue at least one certificate in area studies, global studies, cultural studies, and/or women’s studies.

Ethnomusicology Faculty

  • Ethnomusicology faculty study and teach courses on some of the most exciting and timely areas of music research today including global popular music, gender and sexuality, and sound studies, among others. Faculty areas of research include music of Africa, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia.
  • Adriana Helbig specializes in the music of Eastern Europe, focusing on the relationship between music and politics, advocacy research, Romani music, global hip-hop, migration, and post-socialist music industries. She directs Pitt's Carpathian Music Ensemble.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music in Africa
  • Music in Latin America
  • Music in East Asia
  • Music in Southeast Asia
  • Music in South Asia
  • African American Music in the U.S.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 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. These should be scanned and included with online application. 
  • 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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