Master of Church Music Degree

Master of Church Music Degree

The purpose of this degree is to enable the church or Christian school musician to obtain advanced training in choral conducting, vocal communication, church music philosophy and administration, church music literature, and Bible content.

The student is thoroughly grounded and trained in a Christian philosophy of music, which balances academic proficiency with spiritual perception. The combination of music and Bible courses prepares the student with the broad education necessary to function effectively as a music minister or Christian school music instructor.

Learning Outcomes

You’ll be able to

  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the Word of God through expositional study.
  • offer a credible defense of sound doctrine.
  • integrate a greater understanding of Scripture into various ministry contexts.
  • evaluate current issues affecting ministry in light of biblical teaching.
  • develop a biblical philosophy of music.
  • demonstrate skills necessary for effective leadership in a church music ministry.

Total Credits


Average Time To Finish

 2 years

Admission Requirements

See General Admission Requirements. Students are not required to have majored in music on the undergraduate level.

Residence Requirements

The Master of Church Music degree can be completed in two summers when supplemented with online-learning courses. Three music sessions are offered each summer. Bible requirements may be met by attending summer sessions or through online learning. This format allows maximum flexibility to the active church musician. All work for the M.C.M. degree must be completed within 7 years.

Graduation Requirements