the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Master of Church Music

The Master of Church Music degree is a graduate, professional degree designed to educate those called into church music ministry. Students will be raised to a higher level of musical performance, academic excellence, and ministerial competence. After the completion of placement examinations and during the first two semesters of enrollment, the student can determine a sequence of studies plan with his or her advisor. This degree is designed to prepare persons for leading worship ministry, music ministry, conducting, composition, as well as vocal and instrumental performance in churches as well as careers in denominational or institutional work.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a growing, Christlike character and a sense of God’s calling to ministry.
  • Students will be able to understand the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate significant knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate competent leadership in church or sacred music.
Remedial/Prerequisite Courses
31980 Written Communication (if required) (2)
42490 Cooperative Program (2)
Church Music and Worship Core (33 hours)
40600 Foundations in Worship 3
40605 Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs 2
40610 Discipling Music Ministry I 2
40615 Discipling Music Ministry II 2
40620 Worship Leadership and Design 2
40625 Vocal Ensemble Leadership 2
40630 Worship Band Techniques 2
40635 Technology for Music and Worship Ministry 2
40640 Resources for Worship 1
40670 Song Writing for Worship Leaders 2
40680 Worship Band Lab: Guitar 1/2
40681 Worship Band Lab: Keyboard 1/2
40682 Worship Band Lab: Bass Guitar 1/2
40683 Worship Band Lab: Drum Set 1/2
40693 Worship Leadership Field Education: Leadership 1
40694 Worship Leadership Field Education: Current Trends 1
41016 Integrative Seminar 1
51660 Instrumental Transcription and Arranging 2
52600 Graduate Conducting 2
Ensembles (4 semesters) 0
Major Applied Area (3 semesters with recital) 6
Scripture and Interpretation (15 hours)
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
Theology and Tradition (9 hours)
27060 Systematic Theology I 3
27070 Systematic Theology II 3
27080 Systematic Theology III 3
Missions, Evangelism and Ministry (6 hours)
32100 Theology and Practice of Evangelism 3
35040 Introduction to Family Ministry 3
Church Music and Worship Core 33
Scripture, Theology, and Ministry 30
Field Education 2
Total Hours: Master of Church Music (65)
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.