What will I learn?

In the musicology program, students explore music from many different geographical areas and historical periods. The program offers a great deal of flexibility: Working with internally recognized faculty, students can customize their course of study to suit their interests.


Core courses:

  • Music Theory
  • Music History
  • World Music
  • principal instrument
  • secondary instrument
  • ensembles

Required and elective major courses:

  • Music History
  • World Music
  • Music Theory

Students majoring in musicology will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Students must demonstrate achievement of professional, entry-level competence in the area of specialization, including significant technical mastery, capability to produce work and solve professional problems independently, and a coherent set of artistic/intellectual goals that are evident in their work.
  • Students will have the ability to communicate musical ideas, concepts and requirements to professionals and lay persons related to the practice of the major field. Such communication may involve musical, oral, written and visual media.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the nature of the music field in the professional world, particularly related to organizational structures, work ethics and technological resources required for advancing their careers.
  • Students will gain experiences in general studies sufficient to prepare them for a range of career options

Career Prospects in Musicology

Musicology prepares the student to become a music critic, a music publisher or editor, a radio or television music producer, a music librarian, or a director of a community or government arts agency. Students who want to teach music history should plan to continue their studies as graduate students.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
$34,989.00 (25,97,496) per year
Tuition fee includes an International Undergraduate Student Fee of USD $1,464 per semester, assessed to provide academic and support services for international students.
Start date

Expected August 2021


College of Arts and Sciences

186 University Hall,

230 North Oval Mall,



43210, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have successful completion of the minimum college prep requirements. High school performance (class rank and GPA), including participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB. Other English Language Requirements: 550 or higher on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL).

For international students

Applicant must have successful completion of university preparatory courses, high school performance (class rank or GPA), including participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB; Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for class rank or GPA, Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community, Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement, Status as a first-generation university student, Demonstration of outstanding talent in a particular area and High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors. English proficiency level TOEFL: 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test and IELTS: 6.5 or higher

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.