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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
Not Applicable
Next Start Date
Jan 14, 2019
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Minister Cross-Culturally Through Music by Earning an Online Graduate Music in World Cultures Certificate

Liberty University’s 100% online Ethnomusicology Graduate Certificate will assist you in reaching communities around the world through music. The online Graduate Certificate in Music and World Cultures – Ethnomusicology 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 take you through the 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 the online graduate certificate in Music in World Cultures is an excellent choice for you.

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?

Liberty University’s 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 at Liberty University’s School of Music, you will be equipped with practical knowledge that will be relevant and useful for academic study and hands-on fieldwork. The online certificate in Music in World Cultures can be applied to the fully online Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology, which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

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What Will You Learn in the Ethnomusicology Graduate Certificate Program?

The online music certificate focuses on systems and practices of world cultures as approached through the comparative study and analysis of their musical traditions. The online graduate certificate in Music in World Cultures allows you the flexibility to customize your studies by choosing an elective for one of nine different regions or two additional core ethnomusicology studies.

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Online Ethnomusicology Graduate Certificate Information and Requirements

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. 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 for graduate (per credit hour)
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Program Highlights for the Online Ethnomusicology Graduate Certificate

  • By earning your online Graduate Certificate in Music and World Cultures (Ethnomusicology) from a nonprofit 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. 
  • You can complete the online Graduate Certificate in Music in World Cultures in as little as one semester.
  • You can transfer courses from the online Graduate Certificate in Music & World Cultures into our online Masters of Arts in Ethnomusicology.

Admission Requirements for the Online Ethnomusicology Graduate Certificate Program

A regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a 2.25 or above cumulative combined 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.

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