College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Musicology?

Musicology is designed for students interested in the historical and cultural background of music. 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 a subject you’re passionate about. Our professors are specialists in the major periods of Western music history as well as music in other parts of the world. Classes range from Elements of Conducting to Musicianship. You must pass an audition to be accepted into this program.

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

Graduation & Retention2

4.2 years to degree

95% freshman retention rate

45% four-year graduation rate

73% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,858
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $15,952
  • Total: $33,818


  • Tuition: $31,308
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $51,608


  • Tuition: $32,198
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $52,498