Graduate Study in Ethnomusicology

UPDATE OCT 4, 2023: The Ethnomusicology PhD program at Columbia University will NOT be accepting applications for the program in Fall, 2023.


For a detailed description of the PhD program in Ethnomusicology at Columbia, please visit the Center for Ethnomusicology's website.


The Center for Ethnomusicology incorporates a digital media laboratory, special library collections, the Laura Boulton sound archives and other audio archives of historically important field recordings, and a field research equipment collection. We sponsor regular colloquia, concerts, and conferences featuring important scholars and performers. Other resources are available through the Columbia Center for Jazz Studies, the Columbia Computer Music Center, the Columbia University Music Performance Program, the World Music Ensembles Program, and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program. Our setting in New York City provides access to one of the richest and most diverse musical scenes in the world.Columbia's library system is one of the largest in the world, and includes many specialized collections of interest to ethnomusicologists.

For detailed information on Degree Requirements & Timetable of Study, please refer to the Graduate Handbook: