The Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology offers Masters and PhD degrees in Folklore and/or Ethnomusicology. The department accepts students for graduate work starting in the Fall semester every year. In addition, the Folklore and Ethnomusicology program offers PhD minors in Folklore and/or Ethnomusicology to graduate students in other graduate degree programs at IU. The Ethnomusicology Institute also offers a cognate for students in the School of Music.
Deadline for Applications: December 1st
We only accept applications for the Fall semester.
Application Process and Components:
Select a Program:
- After you click the Apply Online Now! link, chose "Folklore & Ethnomusicology" from the academic program drop-down list.
- In the 2nd drop-down list, for academic plan, select either "Folklore & Ethnomusicology MA" or "Folklore & Ethnomusicology PhD."
- Please note: Do not choose the PhD option from the drop-down list if you will not already have an MA degree by the time of matriculation. If you are an MA applicant who wishes to eventually pursue a PhD in the department, please indicate this in your Personal Statement.
- The 3rd drop-down menu, for concentration, will give you the option of choosing either Folklore or Ethnomusicology.
- The personal statement should be approximately 800-1,200 words and should clearly indicate whether you are applying to the Ethnomusicology or Folklore Institute. Briefly describe your background and reasons for pursuing a graduate degree. Explain why you want to study in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at IU. For example, you might describe what you hope to learn and do while here, and/or your proposed research area and/or project. Briefly explain how your proposed plan of study fits with your future professional and/or academic goals.
- Applicants for the PhD must have an MA by the time of matriculation into our PhD program, and they also should include a brief description of their proposed dissertation research.
- Applicants for the MA who wish to continue on to the PhD program after completion of our MA, please make note of that in your personal statement.
- Please upload your Personal Statement as a PDF.
- Submit a sample of your writing such as a term paper, thesis chapter, published article, or other piece of written work that demonstrates your abililty to communicate well in non-fiction prose.
- Please upload your writing sample as a PDF.
Curriculum Vita or Resume:
- Please upload your CV or resume as a PDF.
Three Letters of Recommendation:
- When possible, request letters from individuals, such as faculty members who are familiar with your academic abilities and your ability to do scholarly work.
- Please allow plenty of time for your letters to arrive by the December 1 deadline. Your recommenders will not be notified to submit their recommendation until you fully submit the online application. We recommend notifying them ahead of time that you will be submitting an admissions application.
Transcripts from all colleges attended:
- Indiana University students, from any campus, do not need to submit Indiana University transcripts.
- Students should have their transcripts sent directly by their colleges to the Department. We will not accept a transcript mailed by the student unless it is in an officially sealed, unopened envelope from the university.
- International students should mail officially sealed, unopened transcripts, including English translations in a packet to the Office of International Services.
- All applicants to the MA program must have a Bachelor's degree (international students must have the U.S. equivalent of a 4-year Bachelor's degree) preferably in a field related to Folklore (such as American Studies, Anthropology, English, History, etc.), or Ethnomusicology (such as Anthropology, Global or International Studies, Music, etc.). An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better is required, and the degree must be completed by the time of matriculation into the graduate program.
- All applicants to the PhD program must have a Master’s degree in a field related to Folklore (such as American Studies, Anthropology, English, History, etc.), or Ethnomusicology (such as Anthropology, Global or International Studies, Music, etc.). The Master's degree must be completed by the time of matriculation into the graduate program.
- Required for domestic applicants, and international applicants whose native language is English. International applicants whose native language is not English may submit GRE scores if they wish, but are not required to do so.
- Send scores electronically. Use Institution Code 1324, a Departmental Code is not needed.. Only official scores directly from ETS will be accepted.
- Scores usually arrive in two weeks, although the score submission process may take longer so plan accordingly.
- We prefer a score of 151 for Verbal and a score of 4 or higher on the Analytical section of the GRE.
- No subject GRE test is required.
Note: If you do not meet the minimum GRE score requirements, your application will not be automatically disregarded.
TOEFL or IELTS Scores:
- Required only for international applicants whose native language is not English.
- Send scores electronically. Use Institution code 1324, Department code 0000. Only official scores directly from ETS will be accepted.
- Due to the time it may take for scores to be transmitted, you should plan on taking the TOEFL or IELTS at least 2 months prior to the application deadline of December 1st.
- TOEFL: A minimum score of 79 is required for admission.
- IELTS: A minimum score of 6.5 is required for admission.
Admissions Criteria and Decisions
To ensure consideration of your application, all required items should arrive by the time the Admissions committee begins to meet, normally December 2.
Applications are evaluated by faculty members on the basis of a combination of criteria including academic record, GRE scores (U.S. residents), personal statement, academic background and experience, and letters of recommendation.
Formal education in Western classical music is NOT a requirement for acceptance to the Ethnomusicology program.
Applicants will be informed about decisions near the end of February via e-mail, so it is important that a current e-mail is submitted in the application. If you do not hear from us by the first week in March, contact Admissions Coordinator Michelle Melhouse, 812-855-0389 or mmelhousindiana.edu, for information.
Visiting and Recruitment
If you'd like to plan a visit to the IU Bloomington campus to meet with faculty, visit classes, and explore what Bloomington has to offer, e-mail our Admissions Coordinator, Michelle Melhouse. We also have a student visit day in the spring semester, date to be determined. For guided or self tours of campus, click here.
Read about the Get You Into IU program, which offers minority and under-represented applicants transportation and accommodation for a campus visit to learn more about our graduate program.
Please complete the FreeApp request form to find out if you qualify for an application fee waiver.
If admitted, you will be automatically considered for various graduate assistantships (GAs) and associate instructorships (AIs) available to first-year students in Folklore and/or Ethnomusicology. Visit our funding page for more information on these and other fellowships for which you may qualify.