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Graduate FAQ

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.

Deadline for Applications: December 1st

We only accept applications for the Fall semester.

Application Components:

Personal Statement:

Writing Sample:

Curriculum Vita or Resume:

Three Letters of Recommendation:

Transcripts from all colleges attended:

GRE Scores:

Note: If you do not meet the minimum GRE score requirements, your application will not be automatically disregarded.

TOEFL Scores:

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 Tabitha Rominger, 812-855-0043 or, 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, Tabitha Rominger. We also have a student visit day in the spring semester, March 6, 2020. 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.