Degree Overview

The School of Church Music offers eight programs of study.

Bachelor of Music in Performance

The Bachelor of Music in Performance is a comprehensive music degree that is supported by a track in general and theological studies. This degree is structured to develop musicians who will utilize their talent to serve and lead in churches, concert halls, missions, or school settings. Students successfully completing this performance degree may choose to continue their preparation at the graduate level in music performance, or church music. Students must declare a concentration in instrument, organ, piano, or voice by the beginning of their second semester.

Bachelor of Music in Worship Studies

The Bachelor of Music in Worship Studies is a comprehensive music degree that is supported by a program of worship, theological, and general studies. This degree is structured to develop musicians who will utilize their talent to serve and lead in church or mission settings. Students successfully completing this specialized worship degree may choose to continue their preparation at the graduate level in church music or worship studies.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is intended for students who desire music studies on a less intensive track of study with a greater emphasis on biblical and historical studies. The goal of the degree is to train each student to be a well-rounded musician who will be equipped with an appreciation of musical style and an understanding of music history, music theory, and theology.

Master of Music in Church Music

The Master of Music in Church Music is designed to provide advanced training in church music, specializing in such areas as worship, ministry, performance, composition, and scholarship. Additionally, the degree provides a strong foundation in biblical and theological studies. This degree is for students with a bachelor's degree in music.

Master of Arts in Church Music

The Master of Arts in Church Music is designed to provide essential musical training integrated with focused study in church music ministry. Additionally, the degree provides a strong foundation in biblical and theological studies. For students with a bachelor's degree without a major in music.

Master of Arts in Worship

The Master of Arts in Worship is designed for worship leaders who seek to deepen their understanding of authentic expression of faith and develop their leadership and creative abilities. Through graduate study in worship, theology, culture, leadership, and artistic skills, students will be prepared to plan and lead worship. This degree is for students with a bachelor's degree in any subject.

Doctor of Musical Arts and Doctor of Philosophy

The purpose of the Doctor of Musical Arts in Church Music and the Doctor of Philosophy in Church Music degrees is to provide intensive study in the student’s major field of research or performance augmented by integrative study of church music with theoretical and historical subjects. The Ph.D. degree emphasizes original research and rigorous scholarship in an academic subject area; the D.M.A. degree emphasizes the advanced development of both musical artistry and scholarly achievement in an applied area of specialization.

Joint Programs

Two programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Theology and the School of Church and Family Ministries.

The Master of Arts in Christian Education with a Church Music Minor is described in the School of Church and Family Ministries section of this catalog.

The Master of Divinity with a Church Music Concentration is described in the School of Theology section of this catalog.

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