Master of Arts in Musicology

In response to new directions in the field of musicology, the graduate programs in this field are designed to prepare students for effective teaching and research in a broad range of areas. Master’s of Arts students receive a comprehensive program in historical musicology with an ethnomusicology component; PhD students in historical musicology are required to supplement their studies with a minimum of eleven hours of coursework in ethnomusicology to prepare them to meet the growing trend toward world musics in undergraduate and graduate education. This goal is facilitated by the department’s superb faculty and facilities in ethnomusicology. The musicology faculty is also committed to exposing students to a variety of methodological approaches in historical musicology.

Thirty credits are required for the MA in musicology, including a minimum of twelve credits in 600-level courses, excluding 699 (directed work) and 700 (thesis). No more than four credits in ensembles may be applied to the degree. Students are advised that it often takes at least two years to complete a master’s degree at the University of Hawai‘i.