Church Music M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To be worship leaders and church staff members for ministry in local churches, especially for students with interest and training in church music.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Adam Hughes (Program Supervisor)

  • Dr. Gregory A. Woodward (Program Coordinator/Advisor)

Program Requirements

Master of Divinity Core (45 hours)

Biblical Studies (18 hours)

course

hours

Interpreting the Old Testament 1

3

Interpreting the Old Testament 2

3

Interpreting the New Testament 1

3

Interpreting the New Testament 2

3

Hebrew 1 and Hebrew 2
OR

Greek 1 and Greek 2

6

Theological/Historical Studies (15 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2

3

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval

3

Baptist Heritage

3

Choose ONE course from the following four options

Christian Ethics
Biblical Ethics
Christian Apologetics
Philosophy of Religion

3

Applied Ministry Studies (12 hours) *
*One course from the Applied Ministry Studies section must be taken in a mentoring format.

course

hours

Proclaiming the Bible (M)
OR
Teaching the Bible (M)

3

Evangelism (M)
OR

Christian Missions (M)

3

Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (M

3

Pastoral Ministry (M)
OR
Women in Ministry Leadership  (M)

3

Church Music Specialization (18 hours)

course

hours

Theology of Worship 

3

Congregational Song in Corporate Worship 

3

Planning and Leading Worship

3

Educational Principles of Church Music Ministries 

3

Technologies for Worship Ministries 

3

History of Worship

3

Musicianship Competency (16 hours)

course

hours

Choral Conducting and Techniques** 

3

Worship Band Leadership**

1

Keyboard Competency in Church Music**

2

Private Voice** 

3

Music in Theory and Practice 

3

Ensembles***

4

Comprehensive Exam

(no credit)

Worship Leadership Final Project Portfolio

(no credit)

Degree with Recital in applied areas of study (optional)

6

Free Electives (6 hours)

course

hours

These electives may be taken in church music or in other disciplines.

6

Total Required: 85 hours

Specific admission requirements for the music portion of this degree are found on Master of Church Music (MMCM) degree pages of this catalog. They can also be obtained by contacting the office of the Church Music Ministries Department.

(M) Indicates course is available in a mentoring format, as well as other formats.

*One course from the Applied Ministry Studies section must be taken in a mentoring format.

**Tested by Proficiency Exam. Upon successful completion of the Proficiency Exam, students may take any other non-required music course as electives.

***Among the 4 hours of required ensemble electives, 2 of these hours must be MUEN5107 Seminary Chorus.

Degree with Recital: students may request the option of presenting a recital in applied areas of study. This option requires an audition and approval of the music faculty.