Admissions and Contact Information

Prospective students in musicology should begin their admission’s process by applying to the LSU Graduate School. Those who do not yet hold a master’s degree in musicology should apply for the master’s program, even if they hold a master’s degree in another musical field (performance, conducting, education, etc.). Information about required scores and documentation is available on the Music Graduate Admissions landing page, and will be updated there as requirements change. After they have been admitted to the LSU Graduate School, students under consideration for an assistantship are encouraged to schedule an on-campus interview.

The musicology area offers a limited number of twenty-hour assistantships on a competitive basis. These assistantships waive tuition and come with a generous stipend in return for twenty hours of work in the School of Music (usually at least in part as a teaching assistant or instructor of record). When awarding these assistantships, the faculty places particular weight on the scholarly promise of the writing sample and the verbal portion of the GRE score.

All graduate students entering the School of Music (including students with undergraduate degrees from LSU) must take Diagnostic Examinations in music theory and music history. Students who have received a master’s degree from LSU and enter a doctoral program within four years are not required to take these exams. Diagnostic examinations are given at the beginning of each semester. A student may repeat the examinations in a subsequent semester, but after two failures, the remedial classes will be required. For more information, please refer to the Graduate Handbook.

If you have any questions about the musicology program, please contact Andreas Giger (

For questions about the admissions process, please contact The Office of Recruitment and Diversity (