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Dear Prospective Graduate Student,

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies in musicology at UNC-Chapel Hill. We will be accepting applications for matriculation into our MA/PhD program in fall 2022. This cycle’s deadline is December 14, 2021. Please see the graduate school’s application portal for more information about requirements. 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. UNC consistently ranks high among graduate schools nationwide, and recent graduates of our Ph.D. program have gone on to teach at such institutions as Arizona State University, Texas Christian University, the University of Maryland, U.C.L.A., the University of Georgia, Michigan State University, Ramapo College, West Virginia University, Vanderbilt University, and Virginia Tech. 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, its activities, and peruse current dissertation topics.

A visit to campus is the best way to see what our graduate program has to offer, though the COVID-19 pandemic precludes it at this time. We now have a virtual tour video created by current graduate student Kelli Smith-Biwer. 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.

Our faculty and graduate students would also be happy to visit with you during our reception at the virtual annual meeting of the American Musicological Society.

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,

Michael A. Figueroa
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Graduate Admissions, 2021–22


Departmental Contact Information:

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