Ethnomusicology, B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

The School of Music offers both performance and research-oriented degree programs. Along with the core curriculum common to all degree programs at the School of Music, students at the undergraduate levels may investigate degree programs geared toward general competence in music within their areas of focus while obtaining a liberal arts education.

* Application to the School of Music is a two-step process: You must apply to the University of Washington, and you must audition for the School of Music. Visit the School of Music website for more information.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Topic: Arts

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admission to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: Consult Department
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

Admission is competitive. Minimum 3.0 grade in either MUSIC 251 or MUSIC 252, minimum 2.0 grade in each MUSIC course taken, and minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA. Admission is based on the student’s transcript(s), musical interests, and statement of purpose, which should explain the student’s interest in ethnomusicology and potential areas of specialization.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses required for the major:

  • MUSIC 251 A&H SSc – Music Cultures of the World: the Americas, 252 A&H – Music Cultures of the World, or other approved coursework in Ethnomusicology.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 68
Total from Washington community colleges: 5

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 2
3.50 – 3.74: 0
3.25 – 3.49: 1
3.00 – 3.24: 1
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 1
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes