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School of Music

Master of Arts in Musicology

Music History tutoring session

Butler University’s Master of Arts in Musicology is a two-year program designed to prepare students for doctoral studies in musicology or related fields. Students may also elect to pursue the MA in musicology in combination with other MM degrees at Butler and are encouraged to take part in ensembles and applied lessons alongside their studies in musicology. In addition to coursework, students complete a substantial thesis under the supervision of music history faculty and are supported in their professional development through regular meetings of Butler’s Musicology Study Group. Music history students at Butler have given papers at academic conferences throughout the United States and have gone on to pursue the Ph.D. in musicology at distinguished institutions such as Indiana University, University of California (Davis), and University of Chicago.

How to Apply

Application Deadline for fall entry: January 1 (includes JCA Graduate Music Supplement and Pre-Screening)
Interview Deadline: March 1

  1. Complete Application for Graduate Admission, including:
    • A Professional Statement
    • Official transcripts
    • Resume
    • Three letters of recommendation
    •  *NOTE: To submit a graduate application, you need to have previously completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university and be seeking an advanced degree.
  2. Submit JCA Graduate Music Supplement. The supplement will appear on your application status page after submitting your Application for Graduate Admission. The supplement is required in order for your application to be considered complete.
  3. Submit Pre-Screening materials (required before invitation to interview) which include: 
    • A scholarly paper representing undergraduate music history work submitted on the Application Status Page (after beginning application) -OR- emailed to with subject line "[FULL NAME]- Musicology Pre-Screen".
  4. Interview with musicology faculty scheduled through School of Music office at Interview can be in person or remotely via Skype/Zoom/etc. Pre-screening required BEFORE interview/audition.

**International applicants must take the TOEFL as well as submit additional financial documentation. See International Student Application process.

Degree Overview
Total Credit Hours: 30 credit hours
Anticipated Duration: 2 years
Requires a thesis and final oral comprehensive exam

Required Courses (# credits):

  • Research in Music (3 credits)
  • Analysis of Music Since 1900 (3)
  • Analysis of Tonal Music (3)
  • Music History Electives (12)
  • General Music Electives (6)
  • Thesis
  • Final Oral Examination

Download full degree guide

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