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Dear Prospective Graduate Student,

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies in musicology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Please see the graduate school’s application portal for more information about requirements and the application process. We do not require the GRE.

We offer an outstanding program with internationally renowned faculty whose areas of expertise cover a broad range of areas across music studies, including ethnomusicology, history, theory, sound studies, and popular music studies.

Recent graduates of our Ph.D. program have gone on to teach at such institutions as Arizona State University, University of Arkansas, UCLA, the University of Georgia, the University of Maryland, Michigan State University, Ramapo College, Texas Christian University, Vanderbilt University, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University. Former students also have built careers in academic publishing and university administration, as well as in public arts institutions.

For more information about our graduate program and its requirements, see the Graduate School’s Catalog and Handbook. Take time to peruse the Music Department’s website, where you can learn about ongoing faculty research and teaching. You can also get to know the graduate student community, current research and activities, and funding opportunities for enrolled students.

We now have a virtual tour video created by Kelli Smith-Biwer, Ph.D. 2023. For the link to this video, please email me ( We’d love to give you a small taste of what campus life is like at UNC. Once our admissions decisions have gone out in early 2024, we encourage you to visit us in person to speak with faculty and graduate students and to sit in on a graduate seminar or two as schedules permit.

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

Best regards,

Naomi André 
David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music
Director of Graduate Admissions, 2023-24

Departmental Contact Information:

Director of Graduate Admissions
UNC Department of Music
Campus Box 3320
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3320
phone: (919) 962-1039