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Master Programs

Master of Sacred Music or
Master of Music in Church Music

The Master of Sacred Music (M.S.M.) or the Master of Music in Church Music (M.M.) degree is a two-year program, with the possibility for summer study.  Students must complete 49-credit-hours at a minimum, although most students take more credits.  To be full-time students, and eligible for the stipend and tuition fellowship, students must take a minimum of 9 hours in any given semester.  Students apply in one of three concentrations: (1) Choral Conducting; (2) Organ Performance; or (3) Vocal Performance.  Mastery of the chosen field is required, and students are encouraged to gain expertise in related secondary areas as well. The expectation is that every graduate will be a well-rounded church musician, possessing the requisite skills in playing, conducting, and singing necessary to shape and to lead music programs in the churches of most Christian denominations. Every student is offered the opportunities to become sophisticated in the uses of modern technology, which may include ways of using media in planning worship, and/or making short films and appealing websites to strengthen community and improve outreach.

Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Sacred Music

The DMA in sacred music requires a minimum of 65 units beyond the bachelor’s degree and consists of the following areas of study: the basic DMA curriculum, course work in the major, an academic field and two elective fields. One lecture/recital is required. The DMA is designed to enable the candidate to focus on a specific area of sacred music. Students may specialize in a performance area, musical composition, research, parish music administration, or other in-ministry concerns.

Doctor of Musical Arts (Sacred Music)

The 48 credits Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree is designed for graduate students who desire advanced professional study in composition, conducting or performance within the context of a theological seminary.

Doctor of Theology or (Doctor of Philosophy)
(Sacred Music & Liturgics)

The 64 credit Th.D. or Ph.D. program requires dual enrollment in the School of Theology and the Conservatory of Church Music. Students gain mastery of sacred music, theology, and liturgics. The program is designed for those with an interest in teaching music, worship studies, preaching or pastoral music on a college, seminary/university level. 

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