Dear Prospective Graduate Student,

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies in musicology at UNC-Chapel Hill. We take pride in offering an outstanding program with internationally-renowned faculty whose areas of expertise cover a broad spectrum of areas within the field, including history, theory, and ethnomusicology. UNC consistently ranks high among graduate schools nationwide, and students who have recently received a Ph.D. in our program have gone on to teach at such institutions as Brandeis University, the University of Iowa, Texas Christian University, U.C.L.A., Michigan State University, the University of Kansas, American University, and Haverford College.

The Music Department offers two graduate degrees, the Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Musicology. Most students entering our graduate program intend to pursue both the M.A. and Ph.D., and our financial aid packages assume this intention. Students already holding an M.A. in musicology may apply directly to the Ph.D. program: direct admission to the Ph.D. program requires the equivalent of our M.A. in musicology and is granted on a provisional basis, pending successful completion of our doctoral qualifying examination. For more information about our graduate program and its requirements, see the Music Department’s Graduate Handbook and the Graduate School’s Graduate Record.

The Graduate School has established December 17, 2013 as the deadline for all application materials. This also means that you should take the GRE General Examination in plenty of time to have your scores reported by then. Please note, too, that while we do not require the GRE Music Examination, we do administer our own diagnostic test, which you must complete in order to be considered for admission.

In addition to exploring our websites, we encourage you to visit our campus and learn about our program first-hand. The best time to do this is either in the fall, as you are completing your application, or in March or April, after you’ve received your acceptance letters and are weighing your decisions. We prefer that you not visit in January or February, when we hold graduate qualifying examinations, as this is a particularly busy time of the academic year for us. Visiting prospective students can meet with faculty, talk with current graduate students, tour our facilities, including our remarkable music library, and, time permitting, attend a graduate seminar. Visiting campus is the best way to see what our graduate program has to offer.

Our faculty and graduate students would also be happy to visit with you during our reception at the joint meeting of the American Musicological Society in Pittsburgh (November 7–10, 2013). Details will be posted on the AMS website as the conference approaches.

Should you have any questions about our program or the application process, please feel free to write me ( or call (919-962-1039). We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Mark Evan Bonds
Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor
Director of Graduate Admissions, 2013–2014


Departmental Contact Information:

Director of Graduate Admissions
Department of Music
Campus Box 3320
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3320
phone: 919-962-1039
fax: 919-962-3376