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Graduate FAQ

The Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology offers Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Folklore and/or Ethnomusicology. The department accepts students in both areas for graduate work starting in the Fall semester every year. Both programs also offer Ph.D. minors to graduate students in other graduate degree programs at IU. Ethnomusicology also offers a cognate for students in the School of Music. The Ethnomusicology program is a part of the University Graduate School.

If you'd like to plan a visit to the IU Bloomington campus to meet with faculty, sit-in on classes, and explore what Bloomington has to offer e-mail our Admissions Coordinator, Michelle Melhouse. We will also have a student visit day in the spring semester, to be determined.

For guided or self tours of campus, click here.

Deadlines for RECEIPT of Applications and Supporting Documents:

Deadlines are for entry in the fall semester only:

Contents of Application Package:

Select a Program:

Personal Statement:

Writing Sample:

Curriculum Vita or Resume:

Three Letters of Recommendation:

Transcripts from all colleges attended:

GRE Scores:

Note: If you do not meet the minimum GRE score requirements, your application will not automatically be disregarded.

TOEFL or IELTS Scores:

Admissions Criteria and Decisions

Please note that if any of the items required for your application do not arrive by the time the Admissions Committee begins to meet to review applications (normally January 9th), your application will not be considered.

If admitted, you will automatically be considered for various graduate assistantships available to first year students in Ethnomusicology and/or Folklore. Click here to view various internal and external fellowships and grants that our students have applied to in the past.

Applications are evaluated by faculty members on the basis of a combination of criteria including academic record, GRE scores (U.S. residents), personal statement, academic background and experience, and letters of recommendation.

Formal education in Western classical music is NOT a requirement for acceptance to the Ethnomusicology program.

Admissions decisions will be made after the completion of both domestic and international application deadlines. Applicants will be informed about decisions starting the first week of March via e-mail and postal mail, so it is important that a current e-mail and postal address is submitted in the application. If a letter does not arrive by the second week of March, contact Admissions Coordinator Michelle Melhouse, 812-855-0389 or mmelhousatindiana.edu, for information.