Thank you for your interest in applying in applying to the Department of Ethnomusicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music!  First-year and transfer applicants begin the admissions process by completing the University of California Application for Undergraduate Admission.  The filing period for the UC application is November 1 - November 30 for enrollment in September of the following year.  Only applicants who have indicated Ethnomusicology as their first choice major to UCLA on the general UC application will be considered for admission to the program.

In order to be eligible for admission, applicants must meet all minimum academic eligibility requirements for admission to the University of California either as a freshman or transfer student.  For more information on UC eligibility, please visit the University of California website

All applicants to the Ethnomusicology major are required to submit a supplemental application.  Access to the supplemental application will be provided to applicants via email on a rolling basis following the submission of the UC application.  Supplemental materials are due by December 13, 2017.  The supplemental application includes the following components:
-Personal statement
-Unofficial transcripts
-Performance resume (optional)

All applicants are required to complete an audition.  Applicants who reside within 200 miles of UCLA are required to audition on campus. Students who live outside the 200-mile radius or are unable to attend an on-campus audition may submit a video/audio recording.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to audition in person if at all possible.

Auditions will be held on the following dates:
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Jazz Studies and World Music
Saturday, February 3, 2018 - Jazz Studies only

Carefully review the Supplemental Application Worksheet for detailed information regarding the application process and deadlines.  

Current UCLA students who wish to change their major to Ethnomusicology must complete a UCLA Undergraduate Petition for Change of Major, submit an Ethnomusicology supplemental application, and audition for department faculty.  Carefully review the Change of Major Supplemental Application Worksheet for detailed information regarding the application process and deadlines.

Change of Major Supplemental Application Worksheet

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