Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology Online Degree Program

Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology Online Degree Program

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Our Ethnomusicology Program Online is a Leader in Graduate Music Programs

Liberty University's Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and offered 100% online. This program will equip musicians to pursue careers in music in cross-cultural environments.

As multi-cultural issues continue to emerge worldwide, ethnomusicology has become an important field of study in music education, music performance, and other areas of cross-cultural service. This ethnomusicology program aims to provide a strong foundation in scholarship and research, non-Western music theory, and application of resources to the field. Acquisition of a basic understanding of the music of another culture can be vital to gaining access to its people.

Why Liberty’s Ethnomusicology Online Program?

Our MA in Ethnomusicology online degree program is taught by trained musicians and ethnomusicologists with real-world experience in various cultural settings. These individuals have been in locations all over the world studying music, teaching, and equipping locals to produce music from their own language and culture. Our MA in Ethnomusicology program is offered completely online, allowing you to remain active in your job, with your family, and in your community without the worry of having to take courses on a campus – all while you are being equipped to make a difference in the world!

Other highlights of the Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology program:

  • By earning your master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • This program is NASM accredited.
  • Students are able to complete the Ethnomusicology program in under two years.
  • This degree offers networking opportunities with other Ethnomusicology online students from around the country.

What are the Benefits of the MA in Ethnomusicology Online?

  • Increased career options in music professions.

  • An opportunity to be a part of the seventh largest and continually growing music school in the nation.

  • A well-rounded education emphasizing research, performance, and application.
  • Opportunities to work in countries and cultures throughout the world.

What Will You Learn in the Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology Online Program?

Our students' career goals vary, and that is why our online ethnomusicology programs are such a great fit. Our faculty has taught and worked in locations across the globe, and you will have the opportunity to gain foundational knowledge in ethnic music theory, anthropology, organology, and transcription, as well as take seminars in the world music of particular cultures throughout the world, such as Native American and Indonesian. You will learn from the faculty’s vast years of experience, combined with their knowledge, to grow in practice and leadership in the field of ethnomusicology. 

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You may also be interested in exploring our online master's degrees in Global Studies, Music and Worship, or Music Education.

Military Benefits

Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts - $275 for graduate students (per credit hour)
    • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).

Ethnomusicology Online Program Format

  • 100% Online*
  • 42 total credit hours 
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable.
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

*Optional Intensives are available

Degree Requirements


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Potential Career Options

  • Teaching
  • Research

Though not a requirement for admission, most students enrolled in the degree are preparing themselves for work in a cross-cultural or multi-cultural environment as educators, recording engineers, global workers, or some other form of service in the field of music or cultural development. The possibilities of intersecting the ethnomusicology degree with other areas of interest are excellent, and this program can be a way of getting one’s foot in the door for cross-cultural work, as well as for the exciting process of understanding other cultures and those cultures’ music better.

MA in Ethnomusicology - Additional Information

  • Online Database Resources: One of the world’s leaders in distance educational programs, Liberty University has the technological capacity and resources to provide for the unique needs required in the ethnomusicology program including library database subscriptions to Groves, Smithsonian Global Sound, Garland Encyclopedia, Oxford Handbooks, and JSTOR, to name a few.
  • For students who would like an on-campus experience, the following courses are also offered in an optional, intensive format.
    • ETHM 600 – Transcription & Analysis of Non-Western Music
    • ETHM 611 – Arts in Global Engagement
  • Students taking ETHM 500 (Ethnic Music Theory) must meet one of three prerequisites: MUSC 314, ETHM 411, or ETHM 511.

Liberty University is approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Online Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology is accredited by the National Association of Schools and Music (NASM).