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Applicants are expected to have completed a bachelor's degree in music, or an MA or MM in instrumental or vocal performance, conducting, musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, or composition. Students seeking admission to the PhD program in music must demonstrate the potential for both original scholarship and excellence in classroom teaching. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of: success in undergraduate and/or master's level coursework in music history, ethnomusicology, and theory; skills in verbal communication that suggest promise of a successful publishing career in music, and strong work in the classroom; and the intersection of their subspecialty interest with the expertise of the UCSC faculty.

More information about the application, as well as a link to the online application, can be found here.