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Applied Intercultural Arts Research (PHD) 
Program Description

The interdisciplinary program in Applied  Intercultural Arts Research (AIAR) program is managed by the Graduate College and offers a Master of Arts and a PhD in partnership with six other academic colleges: Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Science, Social and Behavioral Science, and Public Health.

Students in the AIAR PhD program are required to develop a strong secondary area of expertise in a discipline relating to their research agenda. For example, a student interested in questions of music cognition, such studying whether different kinds of music may help stroke patients regain speech abilities, would take courses in neuroscience, psychology, and/or cognitive sciences. 

The aim of the program is to prepare graduates for the application of knowledge of music, arts and culture to contemporary problem-solving to enhance the health and well-being of individuals, societies, and environments in an interconnected world.  A core component of the curriculum for this degree is coursework in ethnomusicology.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs -

The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.


Graduate College/GIDP  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Joanna Y Mahon
Graduate Program Coordinator
Joanna Y Mahon
Director of Graduate Studies
Janet L Sturman
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have an earned 4-year baccalaureate degree, a 3.0 grade point average, and meet English-language proficiency requirements for graduate admission.

Standardized Tests

The GRE is not required for admission to this program.  
Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: total minimum score of 7.5 or above with no score lower than 7 on any section of the test

Financial Aid

Applicants will be eligible for graduate assistant positions and university fellowships. 

For information on additional funding options, see

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: October 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: May 15
  • Spring: September 15
International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minimum number of Credits Required to Earn the Degree: 66

Required Courses:

  • 12 units of core classes (EIAR 601, MUS 696F, MUS 695B (2x);

Remaining course choices may come from programs and colleges across campus, selected in consultation with the advisor to support the student’s research trajectory and career aims, in the following categories:

  •  6 units Fine Arts Electives;
  • 18 units Specialization (with 3 units of internship, practicum or management; 6 units cultural study; 6 units area study; 3 units theory, methodology or research design).

Substitutions permitted: yes, with approval from advisor and graduate committee

Additional Requirements:

  • 12-18 units in Minor area of study;
  • 18 units of Dissertation

Up to 30 units earned in a master’s degree, less thesis work, may be applied to the major. 

In addition, upon completion of their course work, doctoral students must pass written and oral comprehensive exams to advance to candidacy.

Minor Requirements
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Last revised 07 Feb 2019