College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Musicology?

Musicology is designed for students interested in learning about music and sound in relation to their cultural, intellectual, and historical contexts. In this major, you’ll work with your advisor to structure a curriculum that works for you. Your coursework will include both music and non-music courses that focus on subjects you’re passionate about. Our professors are specialists in a wide range of topics and approaches to music and sound study. We offer both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Music (BM) degree in Musicology.

Career Options

  • Music history
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Research
  • Teaching

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

56% employed after graduation

31% attending graduate school

$50,503 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Arc Worldwide, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Solstice View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.2 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

45% four-year graduation rate

73% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,340
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,490


  • Tuition: $33,460
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,950


  • Tuition: $34,408
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,898