Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology

Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology

Dr. Vernon Whaley, Director of the Dept. of Worship & Music Studies

Disparate cultures are interacting more than ever before, making ethnomusicology an important field of study in areas, such as music education, music performance, and other areas of cross-cultural service. Liberty University Online’s Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology challenges the notion that music is a universal language. It teaches that music systems vary from culture to culture just like languages. Gaining a basic understanding of a culture’s music can be vital to gaining access to its people.

The M.A. in Ethnomusicology through Liberty Online offers an innovative education in world music for students seeking careers in cross-cultural environments. Each course provides students with knowledge of the basic principles of ethnomusicology and the role of an ethnomusicologist.

There are four basic program components:

  • Scholarship and Research: Academic readings, history, and theories of application
  • Skill Development: Non-Western music theories, alternate systems of notation, transcription and analysis of music, and cultural analysis
  • Performance: Applied study and/or ensemble performance in ethnic music
  • Application: Field experience (internship), thesis, or project

A required residency consists of four intensive courses that can be completed in one or more summers. All other courses are offered through Liberty Online.

Quick Facts

2014-2015 Tuition

  • $520 per credit hour (based on full-time enrollment)
  • $25 intensive fee

Program Delivery Format

Residency Requirements

Credit Hours

  • 45 total hours; up to 12 credit hours of appropriately accredited graduate work may be transferred in as applicable


  • A 3-credit hour thesis is required

Field Experience

  • Three credit hours of field experience required

Potential Career Options

  • Teaching
  • Research

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