Graduate Certificate in Music and World Cultures (Ethnomusicology) Online Degree Program Page
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the certificate total
Next Start Date
Oct 25, 2021
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Minister Cross-Culturally with Liberty’s Online Music in World Cultures Graduate Certificate

Liberty University’s 100% online ethnomusicology graduate certificate is a short, focused online music certificate that digs deep into the cultural inspiration and impact of the artistic expression of music in cultures across the globe. This 12-credit hour certificate in music will teach you general principles of ethnomusicology, the role of ethnomusicologists, and the development of intercultural music ministry.

If you are interested in studying world music cultures and learning how the field of ethnomusicology can be used to reach the world with the Gospel, then our online Graduate Certificate in Music in World Cultures is an excellent choice for you.

Potential Career Options with a Graduate Certificate in Music in World Cultures

Our ethnomusicology certificate can help you prepare for several career paths. Depending on your current knowledge, education level, and experience, there are many different positions that could benefit from our accredited certificate:

  • Archivist
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Intercultural music outreach worker
  • Missionary
  • Music anthropology researcher

The research, music theory, and global engagement skills that you gain from our certificate in music in world cultures can be an asset in many other aspects of the music and global service world as you pursue positions of added responsibility. Additionally, some credits from this certificate may transfer directly into the master’s in ethnomusicology. Take the next step towards your personal and professional goals with an ethnomusicology certificate from Liberty University.

Additional education or training may be required for some jobs or occupations. Conferral of a certificate does not guarantee job placement.

What is Ethnomusicology?

Ethnomusicology is the study of the impact of culture on the artistic expression of music, usually focused on an individual geographical region, ethnic group, or religious culture. The study of ethnomusicology is a valuable tool for ministry, enhancing your music teaching in other countries, and for enriching your musical career with the influence of another culture’s musical traditions.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Music in World Cultures Certificate?

Our online music certificate is designed to help you gain a deeper knowledge of music within other cultures and how to minister to their needs. With coursework taught by experienced professors in our School of Music, you will be equipped with practical knowledge that will be relevant and useful for academic study and hands-on fieldwork. Credits you earn in our online certificate in Music in World Cultures can be applied to our Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology, should you decide to further your education. 

As multi-cultural issues continue to emerge worldwide, ethnomusicology has become an essential field of study in music education, music performance, and cross-cultural service. Our ethnomusicology program aims to provide strong foundational knowledge in scholarship and research, non-Western music theory, and application of resources to the field. Not only will these courses enhance your own music, but our ethnomusicology certificate will also help you minister more effectively, as a basic understanding of the music of another culture can be vital to gaining access to its people.

What Will You Learn in Our Online Ethnomusicology Graduate Certificate Program?

Our online world music certificate focuses on systems and practices of world cultures as approached through comparative study and analysis of their musical traditions. You can focus your studies on the religious, cultural, and socio-economic factors related to the expression of music from a distinct country like India, China, Africa, or Indonesia. You can also study regions like Latin America, the Middle East, or Eastern Europe. Or, you could specialize in organology to study musical instruments from around the world or choose to take additional courses in applied ethnomusicology to learn more practical skills and techniques for studying cultural music in the field.

Required Courses

  • ETHM 511 – Introduction to Ethnomusicology
  • ETHM 512 – Field of Ethnomusicology
  • ETHM 611 – Arts in Global Engagement 
  • ETHM elective (to be chosen from a variety of pre-selected options)
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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

Program Highlights for the Online Ethnomusicology Graduate Certificate

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank among’s top 10 online schools in America. Earning your online certificate from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.

  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our online undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 6 years – and counting.
  • You can complete the online Graduate Certificate in Music in World Cultures in as little as 1 semester.
  • You can transfer earned credit hours from the online Graduate Certificate in Music and World Cultures into our online master’s degree in ethnomusicology.

Admission Requirements for Our Online Ethnomusicology Graduate Certificate 

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.25 or above cumulative GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All Applicants Must Submit the Following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Recommender contact information
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official college transcripts**
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**Please note: You cannot be accepted into this program until Liberty has your official transcripts.