The Master of Arts in Musicology offers students a multitude of research opportunities. A faculty of active scholars, Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music, and proximity to such Washington institutions as the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution provide the resources needed to become a 21st-century musical scholar.


  • A thesis on a subject in the field of music history
  • The candidate must pass one modern foreign language examination, normally German or French, or pass a reading course in that language.
  • Successful completion of a comprehensive examination


  • A bachelor's degree with a major in music from an accredited institution.
  • Submission of an application, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.
  • At least a B average in all undergraduate music courses.
  • A 10-­minute demonstration of performance proficiency with classical repertoire in contrasting styles in the applicant's major medium, either by personal audition or recording.
  • Students whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL results of 80 or higher (iBT test), (for paper­based test: 550 or higher; for computer-­based test: 213 or higher), to be considered for admission.
  • At least 18 semester hours in music theory and six semester hours in music history.
  • An original research paper on any musical topic.
  • Music Theory Placement Examination and the Music History Placement Examination.